There is a famous quote from Bruce Lee, "Boards don't hit back." Well, he's right. They don't. But breaking, or tameshiwari, is an important part of martial arts training, when undertaken with the right mindset. It teaches focus, builds confidence, forces commitment, and can be a test of your own ability and how it has improved over time.
Today, we’re discussing the primary lesson from Pinan/Heian Sandan, the third kata in the Pinan system. So far, we’ve seen not only how Master Itosu codified and condensed key fighting principles with these kata, but we’ve also explored how each lesson should be layered over the previous to create a complete fighting matrix. Let’s expand this matrix by looking at the next principle: Rotation. Rotation is a powerful tool in martial arts and in self-defense. It can be used to generate tremendous power, and it can be used to redirect strong attacks.
Kata trains and conditions the mind, body, and spirit. A layered approach to kata teaching lends itself to comprehensive and practical personal safety and self-defense. There exists no other martial teaching tool so honed for this purpose: the transfer of information from one party to another in such a way that the receiving party is able to take ownership of, and utilize, the received information to solve novel problems, independently.