This Video Exposes One Of The Major Gaps Kata Creates In Striking In The Ring Or In The Street.
When teaching martial arts students sparring, it’s critical to understand the habits you’re creating.
When virtually every technique of traditional kata contradicts self-defense or sparring, you have to make a decision.
Do you want your students to be good at kata or good at protecting themselves?
Some might think, well they can do both. I agree. I did for years.
It also took me years to get rid of the bad habits traditional karate created in my sparring and self-defense knowledge.
I realized I had been fed a bunch of ancient Asian smoke and mirrors. Just like my instructor.
If you chose one to focus on, the students would get better at that skill set faster.
If you chose sparring and self-defense, students would be better prepared to protect themselves than if they spent years uncovering the “secrets of kata.”
Students will follow your lead. To them, what you say must be the truth because they chose you as their teacher. You’re the black belt.
Therefore, it’s incumbent upon you to seriously reevaluate what you are teaching every year.
If you choose sparring and self-defense, you have to be careful of what kind of sparring.
Sport tae kwon do does not permit punches to the head, yet most street fights start with a punch to the head.
Point fighting is fake fighting that is based on the “killer blow” theories that a strike or a block from a martial artist could be deadly.
Another debunked theory is that most fights end up on the ground. Pick out a random selection of street fights on YouTube and you’ll see about as many fights go to the ground as you do groin kicks. Not many.
The most practical stand-up sparring system is continuous kickboxing. This means you don’t stop to honor a point. Instead, you hit the person back.