Friday, June 19, 2015

FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Are Forms Obsolete?

It's FACE-OFF FRIDAY!

Today's topic involves forms - kata, poomsae, anyos, hyung, juru, patterns... whatever you want to call it.

I'm talking about a set of pre-arranged movements memorized and performed by the martial arts students.

For some of us, forms are an integral part of what we do and study.  We can't imagine being in a martial art without some sort of form.

For others, forms are an archaic training methodology.  Instead, they prefer sparring and drills over choreographed movements.  They think forms have no relevance to modern martial arts training.

But I want to know what you think...


ARE FORMS OBSOLETE?