Practically all Martial Artists include kata or forms practice as part of their training. The question asked by the vast majority is, "Why?" Certainly many practitioners omit forms practice as they feel it is a pointless exercise that does nothing to increase fighting skill; "I hate kata. I'd rather spar!" is the most common claim made by many a misguided junior grade (and sadly a few senior ones).
Without an understanding of the information and techniques included within kata, hyung, taeguek, poomse or forms (as I am of a karate background I’ll approach this from my personal stand-point), martial arts are a very limited art. How many karate clubs include close range striking, grappling, throwing, joint locks, chokes & strangles and ground fighting in their practice? The answer is all of them! But very few realize it as they leave such methods hidden away within the katas. Karate was developed to be complete and effective method of civilian self-defense. Karate, as it is practiced by the majority of people, is at its best at middle to long range. However, most fights start close up and almost always include some form of grappling. Are we to assume that the past masters got it wrong? The founders of our arts were able fighters who fully understood how real fights occurred. If you ignore the methods included within the kata you are only seeing a very small piece of a very large puzzle. The majority of today's karate training revolves around techniques developed for use in the sporting environment. The original karate techniques, as recorded within the kata, are the ones for use in real situations against violent and untrained attackers.
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