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Old 08-28-2004, 10:36 AM   #12
Greg Jennings
Dojo: S&G BJJ
Location: Springboro, OH
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 1,125
Re: The GREAT kata debate

Jorgen Matsi wrote:
Every japanese somewhat-historical movie I watch there is ALWAYS sparring with bokkens. Where is that sparring now?".
I tend to agree with a lot of what you say, Jorgen, but I can't support the idea that drills have no value.

Every system has drills. It's too time consuming to learn without them. It's about learning, not about stump-the-chump.

Every system has a sparring mode that isn't all-out, no-holds-barred. You cut the speed/power or you take out the killing/disabling techniques. Can't have it both ways.

That is to say that if one is training for self-defense, one should practice all-out, with follow through, some and practice the harmful techniques some. Just not at the same time.

Contact sparring with bokken? Get a grip, guy. I'm tougher than the average bear, but I have no desire to get my skull bashed in. I have to work the next day to feed my kids.

You know, there is good, hard training, and then there is a Walter Mitty complex.

Greg Jennings
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