Under: karate
5 May 2008

10 Responses to “Why Are Forms “Katas” Taught in Martial Arts?”

  1. Matt Klein Says:

    Hi John, I teach forms down here in Aussie to the kids. I get feedback from the parents to the effect of “James is able to concentrate and focus at school so much better now”, which I attribute directly to the study of forms. It really teaches them to tune out distractions and concentrate on the form at hand. In addition, I think with the complex hand techniques of Kenpo, it really pumps up their hand speed. Also, as I get older, it is not always practical to spar with all the injuries, etc. You can always do kata, and if done correctly, is one heck of a cardiovascular workout. I used to hate forms, now I love em.

  2. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Howdy Matt,
    Tai Chi seems to do exclusively kata type moves and it seems to be great exercise. I think they claim to be able to even use this martial art for self-defense. I agree katas are great exercise because you are using fighting moves in a scripted manner. I think when I am 90 I will still be able to do forms but I kind of doubt that I will be sparring.


  3. Oliver Jones Says:

    I practive both Tai-Chi and meditation on my spare time. It is really good for general health.,”.

  4. Matt Klein Says:

    Just a question for John, Oliver, or anyone else who might want to chime in. The late Patrick Swayze’s form on the green scene. Someone told me that was a Tai-Chi form. Is that correct? Really loved his character in the movie. His best line “no one wins a fight”. Classic. Will miss him.

  5. Matt Klein Says:

    Sorry, forgot to add the scene was out of Roadhouse. Please feel free to add this other comment John so I don’t look too much like a spammer.
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  6. Joshua Brown Says:

    i would also like to learn Tai-Chi but there seems to be no practitioner in our area~`~

  7. Kaitlyn Rogers Says:

    my friend is a tai-chi master and he encourages me to enroll in his class’~”

  8. Storage Chest  Says:

    my dad is an expert in Tai-Chi and i am taking lessons from him this coming winter””:

  9. Share Quotes : Says:

    i find tai-chi a bit harder to learn, but i am really interested in learning tai-chi,:*

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