I’ve often heard from the traditionalists here that kata is superior to shadow boxing… in what way? I keep hearing people talk about the “hidden” techniques in kata, but why does it matter? Also, I have noticed that everyone keeps talking about these hidden applications but no one ever seems to explain what they are. It’s almost as if you’re trying to either hide something or you’re being an elitist and don’t want to share the info.
Another thing, some people say that kata should be static. I agree it should be done with speed and power, but I think what people mean is that there is a set pattern for kata, unlike shadow boxing which is unpredictable and allows the practitioner to move in a way that simulates fighting. I don’t think it is any stretch to say that no one is going to move the way you do in kata, i.e. no one is going to look to their left do a down block in a forward stance, step forward into a san-chin stance and do a reverse punch, and repeat on the other side, etc.
So let’s the situation settled, how is it superior to shadow boxing and why are the hidden applications so important?
Note: this is NOT a bash on kata. I recognize the art is in the kata, and that there are hidden applications. I also recognize that kata is a good way to relieve stress, build coordination and balance, work on technique, and even build muscle endurance. So I am not bashing kata. But at the same time, I also believe all of these things I just mentioned can be achieved by other means, including shadow boxing.
I mean that kata should NOT be static.
@callsign: many people practice shadow boxing very well who don’t practice kata. Boxers shadowbox all the time, but they don’t have kata. So I have to disagree.
@pugpaws: It has nothing to do with my desire or our conversations falling on deaf ears. I ask this question for two reasons: 1. so that the advocates of kata can directly address their reasons for why they think that kata is superior to shadowboxing and 2. so that we can see what at least some of the hidden techniques are. I fully admit that Kata has hidden techniques that may be beneficial to real combat and I have never stated that kata was useless. This is one area where KW and I have a disagreement. Also, I’m not the one who drew the parallel between shadowboxing and kata, I view them as serving two different purposes.
@Matt: take what? I don’t really give a crap what you think.