THE VALUE OF KATA
There are guys that will roll their eyes and mumble about "dead patterns" when someone brings up Kata, as if they sprang from their mother's nether regions with a full and complete understanding of all things martial. Just as successful point shooting (real world close range handgun killing not range masturbation) comes from a thorough education in the use of the sights and accurate shooting, so does mindlessness, comes from mindfulness, and patternless movement - you guessed right - comes from patterns and paradigms of movement.
And Kata provide that. I suppose I could go into a long dissertation on that but I will not now. Maybe later. Definitely later. I will need to discuss this because modern people think everything that came before their own birth is irrelevant. In my early years I trained with guys that had killed more people than action heroes in the movies...and they studied Karate Katas.
My parent system is Kyokushin and that has its roots in Goju Ryu, so I tend to favor that type of movement pattern. I learned over fifty back in the day as I worked up to San Dan (3rd Level Black Belt) but abandoned the redundancies and kept the ones representative of the movement methods that suit me...about ten.
I use some that favor low stances and quick foot work, others that favor circular arm movements, and others that are quick and staccato in movement.
But I do them routinely, like I work dry-firing - the pistol kata - into my daily life. From mindfulness comes mindlessness...and from a study of patterns comes freedom from patterns. Its complicated to the Pokemon-chasing, instant gratification crowd, but quite clear to those who will pay attention.
Shit! I am sounding like a freaking monk now.