Kata is the soul of karate - at the heart of the grading is the kata performance as a way to demonstrate one's understanding and skill development while testing. One can show how they have gained proper biomechanics and applications of the art by how they perform their katas. The goal in CMAC is to produce a finely tuned focused individual with a capacity for adaptability in strategy and the discipline to apply where appropriate. We are self aware, self reflective, free-will beings and one who is attuned to oneself cannot be taken by surprise in a self defence situation or in life. This skill in karate is achieved via kata training, constantly, consistently repeated with attention to detail at every turn. Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation. This is how ordinary people can do extraordinary things and during the process one finds out that the two most important days in life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. The path of budo is way to find out why and the way is in training.
Sensei W. M. Platt