The practice of martial arts forms can be a controversial topic. Whether you call them kata, poomsae (poomse), tul, patterns, routines, sequences, forms or something else, they’re important to your development as a martial artist. Here are our top 10 reasons why they should be part of every martial artist’s training.
The Top 10 Reasons to Practice Forms – Episode 175
On today’s episode of Martial Arts Radio we discuss the top ten reasons for practicing forms. Here’s the outline:
You can also check out our first ever video-version of the show.
Forms have been around as long as martial arts has, so it’s unlikely that their practice is a waste of time, for any style.
- Forms build muscle memory for techniques.
- Forms develop movement outside of the pressure of combat.
- Forms are something you can practice on your own.
- Forms add variety to our training.
- They’re fun, or at least can be.
- Practicing forms helps develop physical aspects of martial arts.
- They help with the development of non-physical aspects.
- Forms make you think about what you’re doing.
- Forms provide unification within a school or a system.
- Forms can prime central nervous systems conditioning and build stronger neural pathways.