Is Kata (Forms/Patterns) Without Realistic Bunkai “Organized Despair”?

Bruce LeeBruce Lee once famously referred to the way that many traditional martial artists train as, “organized despair”.  The full quote is reproduced below for you:

“Instead of facing combat in it’s suchness, quite a few systems of martial art accumulate “fanciness” that distorts and cramps their practitioners and distracts them from the actual reality of combat, which is simple and direct and non-classical. Instead of going immediately to the heart of things, flowery forms and artificial techniques (organized despair!) are ritually practiced to simulate actual combat. Thus, instead of being in combat, these practitioners are idealistically doing something about combat”

So, are our katas/forms/patterns “flowery forms and artificial techniques“? Continue reading “Is Kata (Forms/Patterns) Without Realistic Bunkai “Organized Despair”?” »

Practical TaeKwonDo

Matthew Sylvester demonstrating practical TaekwondoHere are a couple of clips from Matthew Sylvester, author of the book, “Practical TaeKwonDo: Back To The Roots“.

In the first 2 clips, Matthew and his training partner are “freestyling” multiple applications to sequences from TaeKwonDo patterns. As you will you see, each sequence has multiple applications.  In the last clip, Matthew focuses on multiple applications for the lower block, giving different applications for TKD and Karate chambering. Continue reading “Practical TaeKwonDo” »