IMHO Kata should be practised for Kata's sake, and the "applications/bunkai" should be used mearly for a brief explanation to learn the Kata faster and better.
Actual application of the techniques as they are sequenced and done in Kata is by all means not street effective. But change the sequence around, Combine them differently and you can get to some deadly combo's.
But, Kata as is, is not for use in combat, You'll only get yourself hurt, Badly.
And you base that on what experience?
Let me try and be more clear. Kata practice is certainly not for cage fighting,but that is just one type of combat. What about a parking lot assault? Mugging? Etc...Are you telling me that in your seventeen years of training since the age of seven that there's nothing in kata that can help you?
Edited by BrianS (11/01/06 11:23 AM)
The2nd ammendment, it makes all the others possible. <///<