Mr. Mantz led a very interesting and insightful practice in bunkai (technical interpretations of kata). Some of his points to keep in mind:
- Beneath an outer, surface interpretation, lie deeper layers of technique.
- Kata were designed by warriors who, by the very nature of their occupation and/or experience, were very practical people.
- The feeling in the kata, according to Mr. Mantz is that of being engaged in close combat with an opponent.
- Many blocks can be interpreted as throws, especially the ones that involve pivoting 90, 180, or 270 degrees.
- Besides throwing an opponent, there are many escaping and controlling techniques in kata, (i.e., arm bars, joint locks, etc).
- Practice kata many times, keep an open mind and work with a partner to seek out a deeper meaning.