Kata - The true essence of Budo?
University of Leon
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This paper uses documentary research techniques to analyse the use of kata, forms, in the Japanese martial arts. Following an introduction on the existence of kata practice, using existing sources of information the paper first examines the spiritual developments of bushido, secondly, the social changes that led to the redevelopment of bujutsu into budo is scrutinsised. Next, the position of kata in relation to budo martial arts is explored followed by a discussion on the use of kata as a pedagogy. Finally, kata is repositioned in light of the contextual expansion investigated demonstrating how kata could represent the intended essence of budo as well a culturally‐valued, spiritual pedagogy.
Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas
Dodd, Simon Alexander; Brown, David (2016) 'Kata – The true essence of Budo martial arts?', Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas, 11 (1), p. 32-47
This article was published in Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas in June 2016 (online),available open access at http://dx.doi.org/10.18002/rama.v11i1.3693
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