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Does kata (forms) help you with self-defense? Your Answer

yes I believe they do -once you truly understand them-not just do them. they can often give you new insights on your art and can often lead to a sharper and clearer mind-making the warrior within that bit more tempered and refined, after all combat is fought on more than one plane.

kind regards,



Does Kata help with self defence... You KNOW that's gonna spark debate;

here's my part of the fuel for the fire Bottom line? Yes... sort of... Kata are a definite asset to training; they help with form and bring familiarity to the various techniques.

They also, unfortunately, breed habit with specific responses towards some actions. I believe that if a student is learning a Martial Art, Kata are a must (if included in the specific art).. If a student is strictly learning self defence, they should likely stay away from hard-set forms and concentrate more on confidence with a few select techniques. This is said with the premise that self defence is a specific end as opposed to a devotion to training.



Kata adds to the art in the martial arts. It adds nothing to self-defense ability other than a broken jaw from chamber punching and not keeping your hands up.



Since Kata are DESIGNED to teach you self defense techniques against being grabbed which do not require strength they are in fact the primary tool for self defense. This of course means understanding the pressure point applications implied in the technique. (No the move do not need to be modified for the street...they work exactly as they were intended to ... on the street!)



Okay, Ricky...I'll play:

Th question was: Does kata (forms) help you with self-defense?

If YOUR kata is GOOD kata...Yes! If your particular style has developed, and evolved into something that "works" - it obviously has to have a basis in the kata that was developed to teach it. However, responsible Sensei (Sifu, Guro, Shihan, etc.) do not often teach students the defining movements that make a kata "work" until the 1st dan groundwork has been completed. So much of kata today is probably "close" in the relative motions necessary to practice a kata in it's entirety...but, lacking in the actual physiological dynamics that created them in the first place. Some karateka NEVER learn those dynamics from their Sensei. (And don't know it..) If your style's kata is properly transferred from teacher to student (and of course, those forms really do "work"), then the kata itself can teach the necesary dynamic(s) to you. form follows function, follows form...



Kata is your self defense. But only if kata techniques are understood for what they really are. Take almost everyone's first kata (with all the down block & punches). If this is interpreted as a down block and punch, it doesn't do much for you. But if you look deeper at the down block movement it has powerful self defense application. When the arm comes up and toward you for the "fold", this could easily be your first response to an attacker grabbing your wrist. You would strike his arm at the elbow coming back towards the wrist. This will activate a pressure point called Lung-5 that will cause the knees to buckle. Your opponent's head will be in position to deliver the "block" portion of the move. If kata is interpreted using "traditional" methods, its self-defense value is limited at best. In kata a punch is not always a punch, FREE YOUR MINDS!!! Scott


if anotherstyle awarded belt of differrencess to the individual and staying in practice is a belief . beleive it.


RK, here's some possible questions to throw out to all...(you can change them a little, if my meanings are unclear):

Is YOUR art a "technique" art, or a "form" art? What's the difference between the two? Which should I practice more of, technique or form?



Your Answer


Can a good street fighter beat a black belt? Your Answer

Anytime, any day.



It depends on whether the stress on the style is tournaments or combat.



It totally depends on the type of black belt the person is.  If they were
trained in the traditional, full contact old styles of the arts, then
probably not.  It also depends on whether the street fighter is trained, or
if they attack the bb from behind.  I have witnessed many a black belt
loose a street fight because of these factors:

1.	They are a point fighter.
2.	They trained at one of those "Anyone can be a black belt schools."
3.	They were jumped from behind and hit with a club or pipe.
4.	The street fighter was a well trained Martial Artist or boxer.
5.	The black belt just plain sucked.
6.	The black belt was from a Tae Kwon Do "Super Mall" school (one that
teaches for money).
7.	And lastly, the black belt didn't have chance because he was drunk or

After working security for many years in bars, I have one thing to add to
this question...could a street fighter beat a qualified, well trained black
belt in an actual front to front face?  The answer would probably be no,
but remember that no matter how tough you are, there is always someone


Shihan S Franz, 6th Dan Black Belt
Aiki-Te Ryu Karate Do


Yes, having a black belt means a lot, but I have read and heard of schools that give a black belt too soon in a students martial arts career. Having a black belt doesn't neccesarily mean you are invincible, but if you have had the right training and have practiced it would definatley improve your odds.



Can a good street fighter beat a black belt ???

My answer is, that's a great possibility.

Black belt don't guarantee a man to be able to beat up street fighter. It depends heavily on our continuous training, reflexes, and senses. I don't know about the condition in America, but here in Indonesia, we can't underestimated street fighters. Here, many black belt people being beat up by street fighters.

I've seen some persons who takes Kempo classes ( three black belt persons ) being beat up by a single lonely street fighter, and then those Kempo black belts went down unsconcious with only a fast single slap to their face


Black Belt-ers, If you think that you can beat up street fighters, then try Indonesia's street fighters. You have to think more than twice to face them !!!!! Even if you had a gun ....!!!!!!!!


I believe so in some cases. And in others no . In the dojo there are rules such as no groin shots and unwritten rules such as don't hit to hard. However , on the street there are no rules. In the dojo they may throw at you a combo such as a high kick followed by a chest punch. There you are fighting someone you are acquainted with on relatively good terms and fighting the same style. On the street there is no combo. Once they start moving in on you they don't let up for any reason and unfortunately there is no sensei to stop it.



A good street fighter can beat a porley trained black belt. The black belts at our dojo and ascosiation go through a very tough test. They only test once a year and it is because it is the only time all of the committy can be at the one place. Adam


It depends on what training the black belt has had. One style is better then the other from what I have seen. As in one is more effective then the other. Also, streetfighters that I have seen never use rules, they get you with cheap shots, use wepons etc. I have never seen a street fighter fight with honor. But also, I have only seen once that a street fighter won from a black belt. Remember that there are many schools out there that give students lessons for just the money. Or give them a black belt when they are noth worthy of it. It also depends on if the streetfighter had some trainig in a dojo before he wnet to street fighting. I know of one, and he is very good. I know a lot of indonesians who are street fighters, yet I haven't ever seen one beat up a kick boxer. (reply to someone elses mail) So I think the number of fights won by street fighters is small when it come to fighting with true worthy balckbelts.


ummmm like noway man........unless the street fighter could use weapons or something man


A subscriber has written in and was wondering what martial arts exercises he can do to help lose weight? Your Response

There is a fun little exercise that really gets the blood going.. it's called a prostration.. You stand straight, hands above your head... then you lie down on your stomach, hands extended in front of you.. then you stand up straight, hands above your head.. that's one. do as many as you like/can.. usually, if you hurry, the average guy will get winded after 10 to 15.. standard Martial Artist, about double.. try doing 50 a day, whatever the pace.. you will loose weight guaranteed..


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Concerning The Myths of Internal Energy Strikes

Great article Rick. I have included much of the same type of information in my book on Rekibo. We call it body mechanics, it simply means the understanding of the human body and how it actually works. I have had the opportunity to try to explain to many martial artists why thouse incredibly tense reverse punches lose power on each consecutive strike. Also while I am writing this would you be interested in an article on Rekibo weaponscraft, if you are I will take a chapter out of my book and condense it for you. Have a good year my friend, Pablo


I agree with you completely except on one point. it is possible to be able to throw an "internal energy" strike while falling forward. It takes considerable practice and the ability to relax your natural tendency to tighten during a fall ...but have been able to teach this technique to SOME upper Dan levels ...unfortunately not to those uncomfortable with falling regardless of their rank


PS thank you for your article! it is nice to see other professionals willing to take a stand on such mysticism


Hi Now WHY did you go and start that one... All right; let's go So you've never seen an energy strike with the 'eastern misticism' stuff.. for you it's all mechanics.. good for you. Glad that works for you. You're wrong, but if you're happy, then that's all that matters. I have seen energy strikes.. I have FELT energy strikes.. None of this 'turning your fingers blue with the power of...' or anything; an actual, honest to goodness 'not touching me but still knocking me back' energy strike. You've got a background in physiology. great; hope it helps in all sorts of ways. Don't let yourself be restricted, however, by the belief that what you know is all there is to know. If you do, then no matter who you are or what you're talking about, you're wrong; plain and simple. If you choose not to believe in 'eastern approach' energy strikes, then I'm not going to try to talk you into believing. To assume that it's impossible because you don't know how or can't back it up scientifically is the height of arrogance. It's also something that as a teacher and a Black Belt, you should not be closing your mind about. To state your opinion is one thing. What you have done is state your belief as a fact. ...and you're wrong. Philippe

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Martial Arts, Crime, Our Children

As a martial artist and an expert in behavioral modification, I see a lot of illegal behaviors reinforced by citizens. It is easy to reinforce the behavior of a criminal, give him or her your wallet, make it easy for him or her to break into your house, do not call the police, always assume it will happen to the other person and not you. By making it easy for the criminal to get your money, jewelry, body, or whatever he or she is after, we positively reinforce their negative behavior by allowing the criminal to have instant gratification of his or her actions without any consequences to the negative behavior.

As martial artists, we have even more responsibility. The very act of taking martial arts lessons, implies that we are aware that crime may happen to us or our loved ones. As martial artists, we should have taken steps to decrease the chances of crime, making criminals "work" harder for their "reward". Reward here is being defined as a positive reinforcement of a behavior whether that action is a positive or negative behavior in the eyes of our society. Unfortunately in most cases, if the criminal finds bars on the window he or she just goes to the next house. That small amount of time, however, could be the determining factor as to whether or not that criminal is caught.

Obviously, criminals have peers and friends, some of these may also be criminals. If you are in a classroom of first graders and one of the first graders has ice-cream, what question is more than likely going to be asked by every first grader there who doesn't have ice-cream? Need I say it? At this point who is the center of attention and being rewarded by the attention of his peers for having ice-cream? Yes, the first grader with the ice-cream is being rewarded with attention for having the ice-cream. The first grader will brag about how he or she got the ice-cream and the other students will do the same thing to acquire ice-cream as well.

Too simple of an example? "I mean come on Rick we're talking about responsible adults here not children. That's different right?" No, it's not. As adults, we still receive positive and negative reinforcements, many of us enjoy being the center of attention, belonging to a group, and being recognized for our work. Oddly enough the same behavioral modification techniques used on children also work on adults (see Modern Teaching Methods of An Ancient Art for a few examples).

By allowing criminals to receive their rewards for their negative behaviors we are positively reinforcing their criminal behavior and motivating others to follow the same behavioral pattern since others do not see any consequences of the original criminals actions, only a chance for immediate gratification.

Just because a criminal robbed someone with a knife and did not stab the victim this time, does not mean the criminal will not stab the victim the next time. The odds of any criminal killing someone while threatening the victim with deadly aggression increases the more crimes the criminal commits. By giving that criminal your wallet and not calling the police, by not reporting that you have been raped, by not pressing charges when you have been attacked, reinforces that criminal behavior and that criminal will strike again. More importantly, without consequences for the criminal's negative behavior, this behavior will be copied by others and you will be responsible for not helping to stop that criminal, an increase in crime, and for the next string of victims.

This has a direct effect on our children, both in keeping our children safe, from an ever growing population of criminals due to our own lackadaisicalness and negligence, and in raising our children to be good men and women surrounded by a people and media which expresses and stresses the negative actions of our society. No do not blame society or the media. Have you attempted to do anything about crime yourself? We have to decide, if the trouble of calling the police, reporting a break-in, a mugging, a rape, or anything suspicious is worth the safety of our own children and our children's children.

As martial artists we have another decision to make. Do we stand by and allow another person or ourselves to be mugged or raped, or do we help that person, at the risk of our own lives. The first way, we may make society safer for our children, but then our children may never see us again. The second way, we allow another human being to be injured or killed and aid in corrupting our future. Even a shout, yelling that someone called the police or the police are on there way is better than doing nothing.

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God has a way of allowing us to be in the right place at the right time. I was walking down a dimly   lit street late one evening when I heard muffled screams coming from behind a clump of bushes. Alarmed, I slowed down to listen and panicked when I realized that what I was hearing was the unmistakable sounds of a struggle: heavy grunting, frantic scuffling and tearing of fabric.


Only yards from where I stood, a woman was being attacked. Should I get involved? I was frightened for my own safety and cursed myself for having suddenly decided to take a new route home that night.


What if I became another statistic? Shouldn't I just run to the nearest phone and call the police? Although it   seemed an eternity, the deliberations in my head had taken only seconds, but already the cries were   growing weaker. I knew I had to act fast. How could I walk away from this? No, I finally resolved, I   could not turn my back on the fate of this unknown woman, even if it meant risking my own life!!


I  am not a brave man, nor am I athletic, I do not want to get involved. Will my Martial Arts training I had   years ago help even though I have never used it. I don't know where I found the moral courage and   physical strength---but once I had finally resolved to help the girl, I became strangely transformed.


I ran behind the bushes and pulled the assailant off the woman. Grappling, we fell to the ground, where   we wrestled for a few minutes until the attacker   jumped up and escaped. Panting hard, I scrambled   upright and approached the girl, who was crouched   behind a tree, sobbing. In the darkness, I could   barely see her outline, but I could certainly sense her trembling shock. Not wanting to frighten her   further, I at first spoke to her from a distance.   "It's OK," I said soothingly. "The man ran away.   You're safe now." There was a long pause and then I heard the words, uttered in wonder, in amazement.  


"Daddy, is that you?" And then, from behind the tree, stepped my youngest daughter, Katherine!!. Do all the good you can, In all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.

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  I cannot stress this enough, our actions, will have a direct effect on our children's safety and our grandchildren's safety. We are the one's who decide what type of society, crime-ridden or crime-free our children are going to live in. When someone is attacked or robbed and does nothing about it, that has an effect on your child

Perhaps the best way to remember this long message to you is in this quote, "When good people do nothing about evil, that, in itself, is evil enough."

Sensei J. Richard Kirkham

Honolulu Hawaii

Sensei J. Richard Kirkham is a 26 year martial art veteran. He is a dual certified teacher with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Physical Education with a background in Special Education, Exercise Physiology, Movement Education, and Behavioral Modification. He is presently an in home tutor, self-defense instructor, and body guard. Mr. Kirkham is presently teaching in Honolulu Hawaii. He can be reached at 808-528-5775 Ext. 5. He has one challenge which has yet to fail him, he can increase anyone's striking power 50% to 100% in one lesson. For those who cannot see him in person, he offers the same service with others on affordable custom video tapes. Sensei Kirkham has the unique service of offering in home classes so that people may learn self-defense in the privacy of their home without worrying about travel after a hard days work.

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The Art of Martial arts: Theoritical foundations and schools of thought associated with martial arts. From a student seeking the path to enlightenment.
Sir: here is our web page address,,,,,,thank you
Hello: I found your site while surfing the 'net, under "martial arts" with Excite. My name is Mindy, and I represent the North American branch of Sakura(R) Martial Arts Supply Co., your Local Global Connection for World Class Martial Arts Supplies. We would be pleased to exchange links with you. Our URL is: SAKURA MARTIAL ARTS SUPPLY CO.
Hello! I'm a martial artist myself, and recently I decided to create one of my first web sites, so if you'd like to insert it into your page you're welcome to do so.
I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised! More intelligent, well researched writing than some of the rags on the newsstand! Please add my link - (site still under construction)


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I think it's great that you're putting out a free martial arts ezine. I haven't had time to read through the articles yet, but I will. I'd like to be added to your ezine's mailing list.

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Hi Gang,

Great work on the pages. If possible, can our link be added to your LINKS section?

Thanking you in advance for your consideration.


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thanks for sharing your page with me... P. Birmingham
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Sensei J. Richard Kirkham, My name is Bernardino Santana Junior. If is possible I would like to add a link of me page i your site. My page is about ASAMCO, a brasilian martial art. This page have two versions, Portuguese and English. The adress is : I found your site in when I was looking for "martial arts styles". Please reply this email . Thank you Bernardino Portuguese version -English version
Master Kirkham,
Request permission to link with your web page. We are the World Ji Do Kwan Federation.
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I am a 6th generation disciple of Master Man Kwong Fong who was the youngest student to train eatensively and learn the complete system of Pak Mei Kung Fu also known as White Eyebrow Kung Fu under the personal instruction of Grandmaster Cheung Lai Chun. PAK Mei is a rare,unique and advance form of self defense which is rarely seen is the martial art circle.Pak Mei Kung Fu is one of the few system that combines both shaolin and Taoist practices into a single fighting style.
Sifu David Garcia.
Hi Richard,>> I've have added a link to your site from my MartialArts Link-Site. >> I was hoping that you return the favour and add alink from your site to my > Link-Site.>> > > Sincerely Yours,>> Adam W. Gibson> (Martial Arts Author)


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