A Quick Tip About Cat Stance

Most people have some sort of cat stance in their style.  In karate, it is often referred to as neko ashi dachi (or neko dachi, niko dachi).  It tends to look like this –   Now that’s a neko dachi you can set your watch to!  Back foot at a perfect 45 degree angle, front foot with the heel raised in a high pointed fashion.  [...]


1-2-3 as 12-3

Kata programming can be a double edged sword.  On one hand, kata shows us techniques that we would otherwise be unable to perform.  Furthermore, kata (much like an onion) contains layers of discovery that are vital to improving in traditional martial arts. On the other hand, it is extraordinarily difficult to unlock those deeper layers, [...]