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    Default THE FIRST KATA - DIAGONAL LINES

    Suarez Pistol Kata - Diagonal Lines.

    Most people have an incorrect perspective of "kata". A kata is not a gymnastics exercise to impress others or to win prizes, although one might think so watching the modern martial clowns acting it up for the crowd. Their performances have nothing at all to do with anything martial. A kata is not the ridiculous and meaningless dance routines you see at the kid's McDojo.

    A Kata is born in battle when a successful teacher arranges a collection of concepts that he has used against other men in a way that his students can practice them alone. A kata is a catalog of combat proven information, techniques and movement patterns distilled into its purest from in a repeatable and established pattern. Practicing them leads to internalized understanding of movement and a mindless execution of technique.

    This is the first kata in a series. Named Diagonal Lines for its angular movement and evasive footwork matrix.

    The "Embusen", or layout, is of two triangles meeting at their apexes. Simple, yet with many possible variations and interpretations. Like the old karate founders...their successful technique preceded the kata. Those who have been with us for a while will see the same thing here.

    Gabriel Suarez

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    Fantastic!

    Cool to see your version of Bassai Dai also. Doesn't differ much from the one I learned.
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    "Storming The Fortress" is one of the oldest Kata from early karate and I wanted to show something old to establish lineage and continuity. If the old masters were around today they would not be messing around with sai, nuchaku or bo...they'd be moving with pistols, shotguns and rifles.
    Gabriel Suarez

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    Excellent. Well distilled.
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    Very nice... smooth, violent and economic...

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    I will add...everything ...every detail is intentional.

    Consider the covered pistol in the 360 scan.
    Consider the quick visual self-check.
    Consider the intensity of the first two lines of movement and the pause and pace of the third line
    Consider the unstructured foot work for the third line of movement back to the starting point.
    Consider that the muzzle sweeps over the arm on the holstering process (intentional - what concept or sentiment does this convey?)
    Consider the head movement on the first burst off the starting point

    These are the important points that you guys know....but outsiders would not know.
    Gabriel Suarez

    Turning Lambs into Lions Since 1995

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel Suarez View Post
    I will add...everything ...every detail is intentional.

    Consider the covered pistol in the 360 scan.
    Consider the quick visual self-check.
    Consider the intensity of the first two lines of movement and the pause and pace of the third line
    Consider the unstructured foot work for the third line of movement back to the starting point.
    Consider that the muzzle sweeps over the arm on the holstering process (intentional - what concept or sentiment does this convey?)
    Consider the head movement on the first burst off the starting point

    These are the important points that you guys know....but outsiders would not know.
    Varieties may include location of holster...type of holster...type of concealment...but the main application is the same.
    Gabriel Suarez

    Turning Lambs into Lions Since 1995

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    Oh, well done! I'd love to see that from overhead.

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    Overhead...damn...you know we have a drone....
    Gabriel Suarez

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    Always here for ya, boss.
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    Es una cosa muy seria. --Robert Capa

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    "What cannot be remedied must be endured."

    359. And a wakeup.

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