Is it normal to not turn the hips when practicing technique and Kata?

I know a karate school in which students do not turn their hips when performing arm techniques in Kata and techniques. They only do so when punching in sparring. Is this normal?
I liked Sensei Scanda’ls video.

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9 Responses to Is it normal to not turn the hips when practicing technique and Kata?

  1. Daniel R says:

    When i used to practice karate and did katas, we did the techniques the same way we were supposed to use them during sparring, with hip rotation and all.

    personally, i dont see the value of katas at all, why fight imaginary opponents when you can fight a real one in sparring or competition.

  2. Jonathan K says:

    Whether it is traditional or progressive martial arts the turning of the hips aka body mechanics is essential to learning proper execution of power. I would stay away from a school that doesn’t even teach this to their students. I would also watch video on proper rotation, alignment, foot placement, etc to improve your knowledge..a little study in bio-mechanics and physiology helps too.

    Just my two cents.

  3. Benji F says:

    karate is not boxing, and most of the time in karate one is not suppose to punch with the twist from the hip like in boxing.
    karate the upper body is straight up, and with good posture,
    the legs spread, with one in front of the other, where as the the upper body, and the arms are moving more so, with little hips rotation.
    got me thinking now…wait, how do i throw this…hold on, brb
    yep, little hip rotation.

    and if they move the hips in sparring it is because they are making an error with the technique.

    kata is practice, for form, so when sparring or in a real fight/competition the form is correct, the posture is correct

    boxing it is legs/lower body balance and hip movement when punching.

    karate/ boxing enthusiast for way too long

    ***great example,, watch Loyto Machida (mainstream fighter)
    with Karate as his base. He stands in a traditional Karate form, and throws his strikes that way too most of the time.
    No hip movement or very little when striking

    the hip movement is for the rotation of kicks, (in Karate)

    boxing is different.
    other maritial arts no idea

  4. Kate says:

    with no movement from the hips you cannot engage your center, therefore your power will be greatly limited. this will not only affect your strikes but will make blocking impossible, you cannot just stand there and block with no hip movement, movement, or stance exchange you will get trucked.

  5. Shihan J says:

    The way you practice techniques in class, is the way the come out in real life
    The habits you forms during basics and kata are the habits you will have in a real fight or self defense

    Kata is your style it has all the technques you need to defend your self with. Including proper hip motion. If you don’t move your hip you have no power. So you have to move your hip, even in kata.
    Kata is also to represent a sparing match. You need to learn the proper bunkai and oyo for kata, a punch is not always a punch there is a lot of grappling in kata as well. There are whole kata that are all grappling moves like naihanchi or tensho and sevreal others as well.

  6. mafundhelper says:

    If they do not use their hips in most of their regular practice, they will not be doing proper karate.

    On the other hand, there are times when a teacher may be trying to get the students to focus on other aspects and ask the students to leave out the hips for the time being.

    I guess my question to you is, how well do you know that class and teacher? Was this question based on a single session that you may have watched? Or do/did you regularly have access to the classes?

    One more thought…after thinking about the one poster who was comparing boxing and karate…
    Many school over emphasize the hips and thus the school may only appear to be not usng hips. Like the guy thinking that Lyoto doesn’t use his hips…

  7. Sensei Scandal says:

    The Hips ( Koshi in Japanese ) should lead the movement.

    Anyone who does not use their koshi should just stop training altogether.

    Look at this Master Karateka…

    He is the current Head of Kishaba Juku – Matsubayashi Ryu. He demonstrates his Naihanchin and compares it with how other lineages do it. Obviously, the video proves the importance of Koshi. If you notice, it is PURE DYNAMICS, and NOT “strength” and “muscles” and such, that is generating his power.

  8. nwohioguy says:

    At most places today you will find very few instructors who either know nor teach proper mechanics used in martial arts. Why? because most of them never trained long enough to master them before running out and opening a dojo. To answer your question yes it is but it should not be.

  9. sketch30 says:

    Hips are where all your tech. stem from. But should direct your movement. (NOT LEAD IT) And, rotation is one of the hip movements used to generate power. (vibration, driving, ect.)

    scandal: you still can’t answer questions correctly?

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