When it comes to footwork, our style tends to be more freeform after a certain level. At the beginning, students learn the katas step-by-step, by count, and with specific feet positions. For first time cutters (sankyus) start one step away from the target to cut. It takes a few years for most students before they get out of the habit of counting steps mentally, and move automatically.
As they progress, we add in more and more fluid movement. Eventually, the katas can have no limits… Continue