Above is a video of practicing the Basic Bo Kata Fuso, a basic Bo form. This basic bo kata uses a few basic moves with the bo including thrusts, sweeps, foot poke, fuso blocks, and six strike combinations.
Practicing on video like this as a great way to find all the little glitches and areas that could use more polish and refinement. Especially to help knock the rust off of older material. So these video exercises are as much about helping me find all those areas to improve as well as sharing them for others who may also be working on the same material. So they are not intended as perfect examples but rather works in progress and snapshots in time.
In this particular kata performance I was focusing on blending moves together into bursts of sequences rather than performing it single step like a metronome. That’s something I’m currently working on across the board of all my karate/kobudo kata. This resulted in my losing some of the individual moves as I was moving into the next move. So I should finish and punctuate some of the moves better, even when blended. For a cleaner reference of the individual moves refer to 10 Bo Basic Strikes and 14 Bo Basic Blocks. Here are a few of the specific glitches I noticed to further refine, with references to the breakdown step numbers below. In #2B the left hand should come back to the side of the thigh. A couple of the fuso blocks got a bit lost blending into the subsequent strikes, particularly in #8A and #10A, they should all be higher like #11 and centered like #12A. Also the area I’m practicing in has a few big roots which I had to step around making a few of the stances not as clean/crisp as they should be, especially the shiko-dachi (Jigotai-dachi) in #7 and #9. I also lost most of the c-step in #8A.
So if you video your own practice sessions you can later analyze them in this same way to find areas for further improvement. This is especially useful when returning to older material that you may not have practiced as much recently. Often things you don’t notice when practicing will show up clearly when put on video. When I have a chance to circle back to this kata again I’ll video a new version and compare the improvements. Stay tuned!
Kata Fuso Step-by-Step Breakdown[Note: The photos below are freeze frames from the live action practice video so they are not as perfect as if they were specifically posed photos for each move.]
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