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Kata and the Transmission of Knowledge—In Traditional Martial Arts

by Michael Rosenbaum

It is the transmission of martial knowledge, through kata and other forms of communication that this book explores. The author reveals that prearranged fighting techniques were used by ancient Greeks, Egyptian, Asian, and European societies. Impressive sourcing and end-notes.

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Release date: 
October 1, 2004
Paperback: 228 pages
9.03 × 6.13 × 0.75 in
ISBN: 9781594390265
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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.


ForeWord's Book of the Year Award - Finalist - 2004

About the Author

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael J. Rosenbaum began 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. He went through infantry school, airborne school, jungle warfare school, and was a member of the elite 82nd Airborne division, where he put his … More »