an exercise consisting of several of the specific movements of a martial art, especially a pattern prescribed for defending oneself against several attackers, used in Judo and Karate training.
I awake in the night, unable to breathe, invisible hands at my throat.
I gasp for air, precious, vital air.
My heart pounds against my ribcage, forcing life through my constricted veins.
A click! A spark!
So a few oxygen cells managed to make it to my brain. It was enough. I recognized this situation...it's happened before. In dreams, in consciousness.
An attack. Petty, but effective.
As the weight leaves my chest, I know that Warriors of Heaven are present. Not by sense, no - I cannot feel them, not just yet. But I know it is by their doing that I breathe freely.
Then -- yes, then! They spread their wings and overshadow me. In an instant, they have won.
A simple battle tactic I have recognized to be of the utmost importance...
I begin to pray.
Our Father, who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name...
This is the Warrior's Kata.