Tuesday, December 18, 2012


The "kata" or form is the educational core of all traditional Japanese knowledge schools. It is the most visible representation of a school’s knowledge packaged into one seemingly simple set of movements or concepts.

"Shu-ha-ri" literally means embracing the kata, diverging from the kata and discarding the kata. The pursuit of training in a classical Japanese marshal arts training almost always follows this educational process. This unique approach to learning has existed for centuries in Japan.

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