It is often said that people should have their own personal kata. Some say that we shouldn't use the old kata, but instead create our own to pass on our knowledge.
Hmm, if we don't have old kata then how do we learn in the first place (by fighting and training?)
The classical kata are brilliantly put together - the lessons they contain are very deep...
So how do use mere mortals create kata then?
And I'm not referring to martial-type gymnastics that is "creative kata".
To create a truly effective kata you have to have great knowledge, skill and experience so for most of us it is a no-no. However, we can have a go at creating our own forms to help understand something about how the main kata are constructed. And if you're a bunkai-kinda person you might want to create a kata that brings together your favorite elements of training.
And as a training exercise it might be fun to do. So I went ahead and created a little kata, not because I am a genius, but because it's fun to do. The form only has 18 moves, and is inspired partly by naihanchi and partly by Ji'in.
If I can film it I might put it on the web just as an example if you are interested in this kind of training. I do know of people who create their own forms (for genuine reasons) and they are very successful - one instructor I know helped his children's class create a self defense form and they even had a load of applications for it. The children told the instructor that he was "allowed" to teach the form, but not the applications!! Great stuff :D