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I think kata are good and they’re important for teaching, but they are also ideal situations. You’re on a flat surface, you’re moving without any obstacles, you don’t have a change of height or material, but that’s good, because it’s a method of practice.
If you learn what these moves are for, and each time do the kata fast or slow with added moves to it, then it’s worth something, because you’re expressing yourself more than one way.
Ed Parker - Black Belt Feb. 1975
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