So I’ve wanted to compete in a kata competition for a long time. I’ve never really gotten to learn or experiment with forms due to mainly being a grappler. After talking with shaped-by-karate I’ve decided to go with the first Pinan. 

It looks like like its rather newb friendly and and Its something I can put an hour or two of practice in every day. In a matter of a month if I stick with it thats 30-60 hours of practice and I should have it down to where I feel comfortable enough doing it in front of judges. I’ll be posting a buttload of vidoes and gifs of me doing it to get feedback along the way. 

First thing I have to ask is what are some of the major things they look for in tournaments for kata? Whare are the key principles I should be focusing on?

source vidoe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6DfTyJ5wiM&feature=youtu.be

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I don’t necessarily feel as though Pencak Silat is the best martial art out there, but the control is employees is absolutely stunning and amazing to watch.
The first few minutes of this video is basically a grounded individual taking down a standing opponent and using knowledge of body, joints and bones to completely put an end to the fight. Watch how, with such small movements, he shifts to another attack. And each one would cause massive damage.

Even the standing attacks later in the video focus so much on positioning and controlling the movements of the fight. Opening up the opponent by blocking their attacks and then moving in to take him down with accuracy.

"Choosing Peace" Responses!

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A very eloquent response from legalgalifreyan

     I always figure that martial arts is the last resort - when there are no other options. Peace should always come first. Just because you can hurt somebody (and you might even be justified in doing so) doesn’t mean it’s the right course of action. I think that by choosing not to fight, you’re taking the bravest path there is. You eschew your pride (I can totally drop this guy! I’ll teach him a lesson!) for the peaceful path. I can’t think of anything more true to martial arts than that. I don’t know if I could do that in a situation where I felt threatened, but I hope so. Choosing peace, if at all possible, I think, is the most honorable path.

From she-kicks-she-throws (eek I love your blog)

What a thoughtful post. I agree that this isn’t about toughness and we have no need to doubt ourselves if we choose not to fight. :D. I’m relieved that you ended up safe both times, too!

I think ‘choose’ is a good word. Sometimes there are no options. Some situations are so dire that we must do a particular thing to survive or protect others. I think about domestic violence, I think about not having the luxury of choice.

There have been times when words have been enough. I am grateful I didn’t have to choose. I worry that there will be a time where peace is not a choice.

Tangent: in teaching self-defense, what people seem to want most of all are options. They want to be able to choose their responses so they can control a situation and be safe. Sometimes all we need are words, but knowing we could destroy if we needed to? Makes choosing peace way easier. Because it truly is a choice.

From the wonderful shaped-by-karate

Don’t doubt yourself for choosing to avoid not to escalate a situation, potentially getting yourself in trouble, too.

Be proud of this. Anyone, with a little training, can “drop” someone for the smallest reasons. It takes true strength and skill to decide not to hurt an attacker, and instead end the conflict as peacefully as possible.

You did the right thing. Self defense isn’t just about fighting, and the fighting itself is best left for when there’s no other choice.

From the awesome work-over-time

A stranger attempted to grab my arm on the street last year. I was by myself and not near anyone who looked like they’d help if it escalated. He came out of a doorway and said “C’mere, honey” and got about an inch from touching me, I could have broken his arm if I needed to but I shifted my stance and put my hands in place to lock his arm if he actually made contact and just yelled in his face “Don’t touch strangers!” and he was so surprised he took a step back and I just walked real fast out of there. 

So the thoughts in my head were “Fuck, I don’t want to hurt anyone” and “Oh shit I’m alone in this” so I think I was forced to choose peace because of the situation, but I absolutely felt good knowing I could have protected myself if he didn’t back off and I DID choose not to break his arm. 

From the great gravatity

 Funakoshi Sensei said ‘there is no first hand in karate’ so I’m with you all the way in that one should always avoid aggression and aplication of your karate wherever possible but also remember to be alert and ready to use your karate if you need to

From the fearsome Assassin Wannbe

I think what you did is the right thing. There are times that we are presented with two options, especially as Martial Artists, between force or peace. Yes, you could have used your strength to easily over power this person but I think you did the right thing and instead showed your discipline and control. As much as strength and technique is important in Martial Arts, so is discipline and control in a situation. Do not doubt yourself.


Thank you so much for the responses everyone. I reallllly enjoyed reading them. Very thought provoking words. If you responded and didn’t see your response it will probably be on the next post in a few days! So, feel free to keep ‘em comin’!

How about some some martial arts to strike your morning into shape? Filipino martial arts group Eskabo Daan will show off their wicked fast moves on the front steps for our FREE Filipino American History Month Celebration on Sunday, Oct 5.

Learn about the history of Filipino martial arts (did you know a woman created it?) while marveling at foot, stick, hand, and knife work.

You’ll inevitably work up some energy from watching Eskabo Daan, so head into the museum afterwards and burn it off with a day of fun festivities.

Learn more about FilAm Day here.

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