Yes the most tedious part of karate is the basics that set up the movements in Kata if they are not done correctly then you are left with the same dilemma that I hear all the time oh yeh its just a dance. How do you improve by working patterns over until they are entrenched in your head. then start to use these with partners that will improve your depth of knowledge and put the real back into the pattern. I watch many martial artist over the years some really good at fighting and others good at Kata and both sides will argue the point on witch is better and they will have valid points. I like to develop my kumite through kata training and put myself in odd positions so that I can improve my skills.
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