Thanks for the replies everyone!
In response to the quote above:
I have reciently started to train on the side with a friend that studies other styles (Boxing, Ground Fighting, etc.), so I've got something cooking there.
Most of my knowledge of other styles cames from those who have joined my dojo and have taken other styles. So I'm very limited in that department.
'turle form' (Is this a typo?)
Yes, there is a 'turtle' form. The Meibukan Kata's have creatures associated with them, the 'Black Turtle' being the last to be taught and is also my favorite kata. It's Japanese name is Genbu (The spelling is open to debate) and is taught at a Brown Belt level. It is the longest Meibukan Kata (Based on a traditional count). The others are Tench or Tenchi (Heaven and Earth), Seiryu (Blue Dragon), Byakko (White Tiger) and Shujakku (Red Phoenix), in the order they are taught.
As a testiment to my ignorance of other styles, what does MMA stand for?
Thanks for the helpful information and I am definitly trying to be open minded to the many arts.
My goal is to learn more about street application and what other opinions are on that subject. My kata is very strong, but I seem to fall shorter then I would like in actual kumite / sparing / combat. However, my dojo spars without protective equipment, but in a controlled manner (Ippon / Nihon / Renzoko / Kakomi Kumite). There has only been one bad injury in 13 years due to these types of kumite. I have also been reading military manuals on hand to hand combat.
I feel that I'm always holding back when in combat, but in the kata's I'm able to apply speed, power, grace, etc... Hmmm, hard to describe on the internet.
Sorry for the long post.