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#352868 - 09/10/07 07:51 AM Re: Katacentric: is there a gender preference? [Re: harlan]
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bump

To date:

female reponses 14: 5/7/2
I like kata: 36%

male responses 31: 2/27/2
I like kata: 6%


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#352869 - 09/10/07 10:05 AM Re: Katacentric: is there a gender preference? [Re: harlan]
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Hello Harlan:

I often forward your questions to my female peers, martial acquaintences and fellow students. And shall obviously continue to do so...

Martial arts without kata is not kara-te. Done for years before I was born, and far into the future; I am a staunch & adament believer. "Sparring" in the sense it is done today (ie with all the marshmellow protection) has problems of many degrees.

Perhaps the question should not be exclusive to kata but perhaps examine the history of the sparring, as it exists today? As to the matter of gender... perhaps it is my feminine side, but sparring too often goes the wrong direction, dead wrong emphasis far too often. Sparring draws folks "bloodlust" to the surface and proves nothing serious or meaningful 99% of the time.

Merely my opinion, I could srely be mistaken,

Jeff

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#352870 - 09/10/07 03:51 PM Re: Katacentric: is there a gender preference? [Re: harlan]
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Hello Harlan:

-Bump-

TKD is an EMA... (sic. on the line definately to the right of Okinawan "-te").

Jeff

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#352871 - 09/10/07 03:54 PM Re: Katacentric: is there a gender preference? [Re: Ronin1966]
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*confused* English...Ronin...please? What is 'EMA'...and how does TKD and EMA fold into the thread? Thanks.

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#352872 - 09/10/07 05:19 PM Re: Katacentric: is there a gender preference? [Re: Ronin1966]
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but sparring too often goes the wrong direction, dead wrong emphasis far too often. Sparring draws folks "bloodlust" to the surface and proves nothing serious or meaningful 99% of the time.




This certainly happens. I think this is a result of non-structured or non goal-oriented sparring. If you give clear parameters or objectives, ego should not be a problem.

This does require a bit of coaching skill that seems sadly absent from many schools.
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#352873 - 09/12/07 05:56 AM Re: Katacentric: is there a gender preference? [Re: MattJ]
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Serious question: how much do you think it is related to more little girls doing dancing and gymnastics etc and so wouldn't find learning sequences of movements so difficult (or pointless)?
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#352874 - 09/12/07 07:51 AM Re: Katacentric: is there a gender preference? [Re: trevek]
harlan Offline
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Your suggestion that (prior) social conditioning might be a factor is noted. Thanks for the input!

I do note that there is an interesting difference in responses to date....and find that interesting in itself.

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