Kata – The true essence of Budo martial arts?
journal contributionposted on 2023-02-06, 13:51 authored by Simon Alexander Dodd, David BrownDavid Brown
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.
Published inRevista De Artes Marciales Asiáticas
PublisherUniversidad de León
VersionVoR (Version of Record)
CitationDodd, S. A., & Brown, D. (2016). Kata – The true essence of Budo martial arts?. Revista De Artes Marciales Asiáticas, 11(1), 32–47. https://doi.org/10.18002/rama.v11i1.3693
Cardiff Met Affiliation
- Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences
Cardiff Met AuthorsDavid Brown
Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group
- Qualitative Research Methods and Social Theory