Every so often there is a break-through in every industry. I think this concept may be that for the martially-focused gun student. We present the first in a series - Suarez Pistol Kata "Diagonal Lines".
Most people have an incorrect perspective of "kata". A kata is not a gymnastics exercise to impress others or to win prizes, although one might think so watching the modern martial clowns acting it up for the crowd. Their performances have nothing at all to do with anything martial. A kata is not the ridiculous and meaningless dance routines you see at the kid's McDojo.
A Kata is born in battle when a successful teacher arranges a collection of concepts that he has used against other men in a way that his students can practice them alone. A kata is a catalog of combat proven information, techniques and movement patterns distilled into its purest from in a repeatable and established pattern. Practicing them leads to internalized understanding of movement and a mindless execution of technique.
This is the first kata in a series. Named Diagonal Lines for its angular movement and evasive footwork matrix.
The "Embusen", or layout, is of two triangles meeting at their apexes. Simple, yet with many possible variations and interpretations. Like the old karate founders...their successful technique preceded the kata. Those who have been with us for a while will see the same thing here.