It has been said that Okinawan Karate is the Original Mixed Martial art. However, it is more of a blended martial art, the Okinawans kept their concept of short, quick powerful movements that are unique to Okinawan karate.
Okinawan Karate a well rounded, direct and very effecient combative art. Much of what is seen used in MMA is rooted in Shorin-ryu. Shorin-ryu is the martial art, known as Karate, taught by schools affiliated with the Shorinkan association.
Shorinkan Shorin-ryu and other Okinawan Karate are taught using an old training tool called Kata. This video correlates the Kata Movements to their use and application in MMA.
Kata (traditional forms) are just movements of the human body. They are muscle-memory building tools used to get your body coordinated and at the same time learn movements that can be applied in a combative situation. Just like a boxer shadowboxes as a means to practice alone, a karate person practices kata.
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