This question comes from a thread debating use of kata in the TMA forum.
How was kata used in:
Japanese jujutsu and sword styles (before the Pax Tokugawa) and CMA (general sense)
I maintain kata served a few purposes:
First as record of applications. Also as a way to drill technique before trying to use it against an opponent. Also as a way to drill correct body movement.
I know what kata has become in the 20th century.
Does anyone know anything about use of kata like training drills in non Chinese/Japanese MA? Specifically ones that haven't gotten commericialized in the West.
I maintain the folks who developed "kata" were early practitioners of various "styles" who would most likely die if what they did was no good. Therefore, a perfect way to use kata today is to identify how those guys used kata.
Does anyone have any insight?