Kata and the Transmission of Knowledge: In Traditional Martial Arts

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Finalist - 2004 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord Magazine
All too frequently, martial arts practitioners study their art without truly understanding where it comes from, how it was developed,
and why it was created in the first place. Indeed, many don't care - and if you feel this way, you should put this book down. For the rest of us, who have taken our art beyond tournaments, it is reasonable to expect that we want to uncover the past. We ...
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Overview

Finalist - 2004 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord Magazine
All too frequently, martial arts practitioners study their art without truly understanding where it comes from, how it was developed,
and why it was created in the first place. Indeed, many don't care - and if you feel this way, you should put this book down. For the rest of us, who have taken our art beyond tournaments, it is reasonable to expect that we want to uncover the past. We want to understand the where, why and how of martial art development. We are intellectually curious about our combative history.
To study the combative arts is to understand the circumstances of their development and to gain insights into the views and ethics of the societies that created them. As we travel back in time, we see consistent evidence of martial systems being influenced by those that came before and/or invaded. We also see the use of 'pre-arranged'
fighting patterns kata to transmit proven techniques from one generation to the next.
It is this transmission of martial knowledge, through kata and other forms of communication, that this book will explore. The author will demonstrate that pre-arranged fighting techniques katas were used by ancient Greek, Egyptian, Asian, African and European societies. And that
Poetry, Dance, and Song were also significant methods of preserving and transmitting battle-tested fighting tactics through the ages.
The purpose of kata training is not to become bound by the form but to transcend the form itself - to evolve.
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Editorial Reviews

Richard Lawson
"Delving more deeply than the average writer on martial arts… the author achieves a holistic perspective that restores martial arts to the field of military science, and shows how their development was functionally driven by the need to triumph and to survive..."
Wisconsin Bookwatch
"Kata and the Transmission of Knowledge is especially recommended for martial artists seeking to better understand the nuances, purpose, history, and applications of the skills they pursue."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594390265
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
  • Publication date: 1/15/2005
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Rosenbaum was born on May 12, 1961 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He started his martial arts training at the age of five when his father instructed him in both Judo and Boxing. At the age of fifteen, he began studying Isshin Ryu Karate and by the time of his seventeenth birthday he had been introduced to the Burmese fighting art of Bando. At the age of eighteen Michael enlisted in the U.S. Army.
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