Posted by Fumio Demura on Jan 8th 2017
FUMIO DEMURA "On Kumite & Kata"
"In kata, there are no surprises - the movements and sequences are the same all the time. The important aspect is that the practitioner develop what we call “internal timing.” This means to coordinate the joints and hips with the delivery of the techniques. If a practitioner throws a punch and connects, but does not have the lower body and hips, and breathing properly coordinated, the technique might not be effective in combat. Kumite develops what we call "external timing." The practitioner must adjust to changing circumstances and learn to master distance and space. The bottom line is that both are critical for success in a self-defense situation. If a practitioner ignores either part of the training they will put themselves at a disadvantage."
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