Tuesday, March 10, 2009

INTERPRETIVE OR WYSIWYO

Everyone who has used HTML on a computer knows WYSIWYG means what you see is what you get.
KATA created in the last 50 years tend to be of that type each technique representing one possibility and one only .Why didn't the ancients do the same ?They understood that in order for their arts to evolve and survive each technique had to have many possibilitys as there is no one absolute only answer or interpretation of KATA technique.
In short they knew they wouldn't be there to guide you and wanted you to think for yourself and not become a by the numbers robot mindlessly aping them and assuming they had the final word or view or knowledge of anything.
Is this disrespect for them?No it's doing what they intended by creating interpretive KATA.If they wanted you to follow blindly they would have created WYSIWYG KATA.
So why this emphasis on doing it such and such a way ?To interpret you must be well versed and understand all the nuances of a language .Knowing a few phrases in any language does not make you an interpreter of that language.SHAKESPEAR knew the same KATA you do the english alphabet and look what he did with it.
To alter an existing KATA or create new interpretive KATA requires a study and insight few modern practioners will attain or have the time and dedication to attain.
Not a problem learning proper bunkai for the KATA in their present form opens you up to endless possibilitys and full understanding of your art .