This question is for people that say that kata is worthless, or that kata will not help you in self defense.
What qualafications do you have to make this statement?
Have you ever trained it under an instructor that knew what they were doing?
How many of you are simply saying what you have heard, or say it because that is what Bruce Lee said?
I am really wanting to know what experience you people that trash kata actually have with it.
Cialano- I agree that there are faster methods of teaching, however I disagree that kata is outdated. Many peopl do not mind taking extra long to learn something. For those that don’t have the patientce thats fine, however kata will still get you there, just at a slower pace.
Also since you no longer teach kata you actually no longer teach kempo.
God answers so far. Judo-I agree that the actual physical act of self defense is a very minor part, and that the other stuff you mention is far more valuble. I do however disagree with your other assesments, and feel that kata trained right will get you there. I do not think that anyone who truly knows how to train kata would say that doing the motions are all that yu need. You do have to pull individual motions out and work them with live people, who are offering resistence. Then you tweak them to work for you, and some wont. I have many moves in kata that I would not do in actual self defense. However by knowing what each technique is for, and visualizing what it is in your mind as you do it, it does get burned into your memory. So yes learnin each motion with aliveness is vital, I do not think anybody that knows what they are doing would disagree with that.