Book Review: The Way of Kata by Lawrence A. Kane and Kris Wilder

Here’s another book review for you: “The Way of Kata” by Lawrence A. Kane and Kris Wilder

Lawrence A. Kane

Kriw Wilder

Kris Wilder

The book starts with two forewords, one by Dr. Jeff Cooper and the other by Iain Abernethy. Next is a short preface and introduction, in which the format of the book is explained.

Chapter 1 gives the background fundamentals. This covers some history of martial arts and their forms, for the most part Japanese ones. Then we move on to the different types of applications and sparring, why you can’t immediately find the applications in kata, hidden moves and more.

Chapter 2 explains strategy and tactics as they are found in the movements of kata. The authors first give some interesting context and perspective on this topic and then explain the main strategies of the art they practice, Goju ryu karate: Close distance, Imbalance and Use physiological damage to control. This strategy is then expanded upon by a list of 9 principles that both illustrate and clarify them. These are invaluable for deciphering kata and making the movements functional. After this comes a short overview of the tactics Goju employs to follow its strategy.

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