"Modern Shotokan is in my view, at once a magnificent culmination of all the different katas' core principles (maximized acceleration and destructive power while focusing on evasive movement to keep as safe as possible), while also being an empty vessel devoid of the rare and potent wine it was designed to hold."
i pratice a system of shotokan that fits this build. kata is praticed as a way of moving meditation more or less, and alot of the application i've seen demonstrated for kata wold embarras me to show to some of you guys. some of it is nice, but for the most part not so much.
my "technique" has gotten sloppy since i started working on the heavy bag alot and started sparring more. so the people at my dojo largely make a choice, learn this skill or don't. this skill is called "budo" and its combat like, but largely just as usefull as knitting.
"Shotokan, when analysed through it's kata, is less of a style and more a library of several systems, each in tact, preserved almost perfectly. But like classic race cars these systems were built to be used, but the powers that be in Shotokan have them sat in show rooms doing nothing but looking pretty."
yeah, i agree. i'm at a rank now and im content to stay where i am until i understand what i've been tought much more completly. i've "learned" alot of kata, but like you said each kata is a study in and of it's self. kata is learned to make a snappy preformance for the grading or competetion you need to do it for, and unless i study on my own, thats it.
"The style that is Shotokan as taught by the JKA and others, is effectively Heian Karate (more hiean shodan than anything else). They place only a spiritual emphasis on kata while endlessly drilling the minute of Nakayama's technical vision. They should probably rename it Nakayamakan as they seem to have ignored just about every word that Shoto ever wrote. That said, simple and powerful = effective, at least in body if not in mind."
yeah, i agree. the leader of my style of shotokan is Nishiyama sensei, and his technique has changed a bit from the older jka days, but the idea is the same. what they do, thay are damn good at, for example im positive that my instrctor knows what my body is going to do before i do when we spar.
i just fininshed reading karate do - my way of life by funikoshi and i really do agree that shoto's house is nothing like what it was intended to be. i don't like it that there are a few names held up on peoples shoulders like gods and nothing is supposed to change unless sensei says. maybe i have a problem with authiorty, but my heavy bag tells me i can throw some decent hands, my karate teachers tell me i need control.
the problem with being yourself in a japanese budo is, you can't. or, you can as long as you dance to the right tune.