the Week (November 20th, 2006)
From Keith Eng
When practicing kata, the punch/strike (zuki) should land at the correct target and not float during the strike. Although this has been a popular subject for TFTW, its repetitiveness should signify its importance. The strike is a linear movement from the pocket to the target. Only when the zuki is executed in this linear manner, will it have power and utility. The primary reason for kata is to create muscle memory when executing techniques so they become automatic movements. If the practitioner is constantly correcting their moves during the strike, the punch becomes an ineffective heat-seeking-missile that arcs and bobs to its target. If the muscles do not practice and learn the correct movement, the zuki will be ineffective when it is needed most. Practice the strike as a linear movement from the pocket to the target. Only perfect practice makes perfect.