When someone is practicing kata, there are scenarios in which attackers are lined up along a enbusen, which is also known as a performance line. The person who is performing the kata is in a frontal stance with their leading arm in the downward position. Both the attackers and the person demonstrating kata will attack using sterilized techniques, but many experts claim that this is faulty since they appear to be unrealistic and primarily used for a performance.
- While some masters demonstrate kata against more than one opponent, in a real fight there will often be multiple attacks from multiple directions all at once.
- It is very important to make bunkai drills feel realistic by modifying them so they don’t become stale.
- Some kata performances tend to rely too much on the person demonstrating the kata knowing exactly what to expect from each attacker.
“It’s more like a primer for techniques. It’s not meant to mimic an actual fight, let alone with more than one assailant”