Karate training general questions?

HI

I do karate training twice a week and I just have a couple of questions about it which are

Other than for grading what is the purpose of the kata and what is the purpose of the air punching (Dont know how else to describe it sorry)

Also is there anything I can do to help my karate training
Thank you for any help

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12 Responses to Karate training general questions?

  1. William says:

    Kata seems to just be there to show people combinations or how to apply combos in real life, air punching, although annoying is just to keep up the technique :)

  2. save us says:

    The purpose of Kata is so that you can learn the full technique of kicks, strikes, punches and blocks in two dimensions without harming an opponent and to learn to string together combinations. It also ensures that you practice the techniques that you would not normally practice.The kata usually contain many of the most important techniques of the martial art. The purpose of the ‘air punching’ is to develop the technique and the balance. When you only practice contact with your strikes you can not develop the technique or the balance as well. If you always expect resistance to the strike you can lose your balance if you miss whereas if you practice ‘air punching’ and you miss the target you will still have balance.

  3. Tom says:

    Karate is not a style that I’m very familiar with, so I can’t answer the first part of your question. Shadow boxing, or “air punching”, is useful to improve technique. You can improve your skills by practicing at home. You can at least shadow box. And spend a significant amount of time stretching each day, which will enable you do develop higher, stronger, and more accurate kicks, as well as other benefits.

  4. Soldier82nd says:

    You stated Karate,What style,I’m Okinawan Goju-Ryu. You should train daily as like a job.You have to live it to Excel.The kata is a pre-arranged form of fighting this will get you ready for more than one opponent,also it is like shadow boxing it keeps you focused.

  5. Gerry S says:

    “Air punching” is practicing punches without a target, and it allows you to practice form and the proper tension/relaxation without the distraction of whether you’re going fast enough or hitting hard enough.

    Kata teach you combinations, transitions, and form in a controlled sequence, where you can focus on “best practice” for specific situations, without being dragged off topic by your partner giving you a different attack than you’re supposed to be working with, etc.

  6. jwbulldogs says:

    Your kata is like a manual to your style of karate. It contains all of the techniques within your style. Meaning things should be learned and discovered through kata.. You learn your techniques. Later you learn he applications of those techniques. You develop muscle memory, hand/eye coordination, anaerobic and aerobic conditioning. You should also learn breath control and ho to use angles when fighting. Air punching as you call it also allows you to practice your karate without a partner, but later you need to add the partner to develop timing, distance, and to remove the fear of actually being hit.

    Those are just a few of the purposes of kata

    Unfortunately many of us were deceived into believing that kata was like fighting multiple people. However, that wasn’t the original purpose of kata.

  7. Blake says:

    Kata helps you remember combinations and moves.
    If you know a kata with certain combinations (e.g. front kick, double punch, roundhouse kick) when you go onto the street your be more likely to remember it.
    (Kata’s have saved my ass a bunch of times in fights)

    “air punching” or shadow is ment to have the same effect has using a kick bag. To help you practise different moves and find different combinations that flow.

  8. Pony Slaystation says:

    “air punching” called Kihon is to work on your technique, stamina, precision and force concentration so it becomes second nature

  9. callsignfuzzy says:

    “what is the purpose of the air punching”

    It’s a pretty solid thing to do at a beginning level, because without an object to strike, you have to focus on the technique in isolation. If you had something to hit, you’d focus more on “I’ve got to hit that thing” rather than “am I doing the technique correctly?” Also, in many classes, there are not enough striking targets to go around. Many of the modern karate training methods were designed for teaching large groups of people. Honestly, hitting an object is better in the long run, especially on your joints, which tend to over-extend when there’s nothing to stop them.

    “what is the purpose of the kata”

    Kata were originally created to catalog the techniques of a system. While they can be beneficial in training the motions of techniques and acquainting practitioners with concepts like rhythm, footwork, and balance, these days, most of the technique applications get left out, or are somewhat unrealistic. If you’re not being taught an application that makes sense, you’re not at a great school. Maybe not a bad one, but there are places that could teach you more.

  10. Leonidas says:

    I suppose you are a low belt not to know what this “air punching” is. Kata was originally and currently used to show to your master technique, it is like the “air punching” you described but in a constant, fluid form. Truth is that traditionally, Kata was the only method of “theory” a master would teach to his students before sending them for Kumite. The masters also created Kata’s in an attempt to create or test new moves before adding them in the art. Standard techniques “air punching” were added later only to support the Kata’s.

    As for training, I have been doing Shotokan Karate for 12 years and have a black belt. The only thing I can tell you is focus on your target, whatever that is. Kata’s are good if you have a problem with technique and necessary for exams but it is the Kumite that is more important in the end. Don’t be afraid to test some of your own combos (if you are in a belt high enough to do combos) and after training, if you can, find some friends and try a 1 vs 2 Kumite. It proved very enlightening to me and helped me with understanding combat mechanics, plus, you will see that it is more difficult that 1 vs 1, even if you are with a partner against someone alone. Being alone helps your combat mechanics and focus but being with a partner helps timing and coordination. Just don’t do anything stupid (1 vs 2 battles with inexperienced fighters can be very messy and chaotic, you might end up fighting but not actually doing Karate)

  11. Jieikobu says:

    While doing the kata imagine that you are striking someone with the moves of the kata. You can ask some one to help you by being the dummy(person you hit) to help you get the feel for it.
    At my school we now do our katas with people trying to attack us! Sometimes four at a time!

    Doing the katas correctly and frequently will help you a lot on training.

    Katas are to build muscle memory, so you will be trained by instinct to move in a certain way without having to think of it.

  12. Marcelo says:

    air puching helps with power and speed. to improve yoour skill, you’ll have to train at list two hours a day.

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