Practicing Katas (Forms) teaches discipline, attention to detail, and how to handle multiple attackers. By teaching directional changes, combining blocking with kicking and punching techniques, students learn how to scan for threats and respond accordingly.
Katas are designed to string together multiple techniques, this helps students combine techniques to better overwhelm an attacker. Simply blocking or throwing one punch will not deter an attacker, by continuously blocking and counter-attacking students will inundate the attacker, causing enough physical pain to incapacitate and subdue them.
PaSaRyu is unique in that it uses several 2 person katas to simulate an attack. Each 2 person kata has an offensive side and a defensive side. Students are required to learn both parts of the kata, and will practice the kata slowly to learn it. Once learned the pace quickens to provide an excellent simulation of real world action!
Here Grandmaster Rhee demonstrates PaSaRyu kata Il dan, the first kata every PaSaRyu martial artist learns. Grandmaster Rhee demonstrates his amazing form, control and execution while explaining the finer points of performing the kata.
Note his deep, low stances, straight back and shoulders. His hand is always in a solid Crane Head during the initial movements, this is important as correct positioning will damage your opponent while incorrect positioning will damage your hand.
During the performance of the kata, always keep your eyes forward, on your opponent. When practicing in front of a mirror, use your reflection as your target.
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