Loc: Phoenix, Arizona USA
While I understand what you are saying, CXT, when I look at certain karate I look for certain things. For example, Matsubayashi will generally have a certain feel. Although many do it differently, there are specific things that one should look for when evaluating certain types of karate. In fact, an arguement could be made that arts that don't have these attributes specific to certain styles are those styles in name only. I can call what I do whatever I want. And infact I can learn with a teacher of a specific art. However, if I fail to learn key lessons which make a certain style distinctive, am I really practicing that style? I know guys who have a shotokan background and have been learning Matsubayashi for a number of years, but their technique excecution is still shotokan and what they are doing is far removed from Matsubayashi.