Publisher: Paladin Pr (June 1989)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 087364509X
ISBN-13: 978-0873645096
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches

Pages: 122

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By Loren W. Christensen


Kata competition is more popular than ever. Champions are winning big cash prizes and appear frequently on the cover of martial arts magazines and in the movies. One reason for this surge in popularity is the emergence of a new style of kata , what author Loren Chistensen terms "American Kata." With its birth came a new, dynamic look that generates greater excitement among competitors and audiences alike. 

Though some traditionalists feel the only "real" forms are the ancient ones, the author argues that "through blood, sweat, and broken bones, Americans have earned the right to design their own kata for training and competition." With his guidance, you can develop a kata of your own using the most effective moves from a variety of styles. Combine karate's hard punches, kung-fu's flowing movements, and the dynamic kicks of taekwondo to create a beautiful, realistic fighting form. 

Christensen, a champion himself, also offers the best training techniques, tips on how to make your performance stand out from the rest, and advice on how to judge kata competition. Learning how to critique others will help you create a better kata for yourself. 

More often than not these days, kata champions are performing American Kata. Be a part of this new breed of competitors - and improve your chances of winning.