Hello! I am concerned Im a Black Belt in a style called Kan Shu Kenpo Karate, and I have not learned a single Kata. The class is based on self defence. Its a mixture of Karate and Jiu jitsu that we learn. We mainly spar and roll. Im just wondering if I can still be proficent in Karate without kata? I practice Kata I learn from videos though. I feel like im missing out on something valuable in my training. What should i do? Ask mah teacher to teach kata?
Edit I have never questioned or doubted my instructor. Hes a 6th Dan in Kenpo and has black belts in Taekwondo and jiu jitsu. Hes also a former pro cage fighter. Hes in the Black Belt Hall of Fame. The training in the class is very good I learn something new every time im in the Dojo. He just never taught a kata. He has said he knows kata. He just doesnt teach it.
hmm @Kokoro I respectfully disagree. The Black Belt hall of fame is an honor that takes a lifestime to earn. My instructor does NOT advertise himself or the dojo in any way. He actually loses more money then he earns to teach our class Iv been told. The quality of the training is good. But I respect your opinion.
@ J Its Kan Shu Kenpo Karate and brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I forgot to mention we do drills also. Thanks for your answer.