Technique and Principle
Written by a San Kyu (Brown Belt) his perspective on Kata and principles. I thought this was/is outstanding for this young man to see these things! The authors name is Rob Johnson, a student of mine that I am very proud of.
- Technique is the expression of principle in a specific time and environment.
- There is no set technique only set principle.
- Techniques are different in every instance, but in every instance a technique is performed, the principles stay the same.
- The only thing that inhibits one's knowledge of techniques is one's ability to apply principles.
- To enhance one's ability to apply principle and therefore increase one's knowledge of techniques, one must firmly grasp the fundamentals of each principle.
- You can teach technique, but you can only demonstrate principle.
- Technique is tangible and principle is intangible.
- Kata is principle.
- To understand kata is to understand principle.
- To practice kata is to practice principle.
- Kata is the gateway to technique.
- When performing kata, your attacker should embody all the characteristics and traits of all people.
- You train to the extreme but you fight naturally.
- Extreme movements enhance natural movements.
- Extreme movements teach you to harness power naturally.
- Makiwara training builds resolve and patience not just calluses.
- Karate training requires resolve and patience.