There seems to be to points of view regarding karate and martial arts in general .The DO side and the JUTSU side.Because of the actions of some unscrupolous characters involved in the arts who advertise their art as a JUTSU technique to appear variously as more effective more deadly more practical etc. those who promote the DO view practioners of JUTSU technique as violent idiots.
Both approaches are incorrect and their posistions based on misinformation.A common claim of some jutsu adherents is "we have collected all the deadliest street fighting techniques from various arts to form this fear no man method".
Truth is you can't have one without the other and still call it karate or judo or any other method you care to name.The masters created a balance between the two sides of the same coin.
KATA when the correct bunkai is understood is almost totally a jutsu expression .As many of the technique have brutal savage responses to life threatening situations most are centered around control restraint and escape .There are throws take downs sweeps locks and chokes hidden in the depths of KATA everything you need to defend yourself .
Practioners of the DO or what they think is the DO say you must not question the explanations given or you must train for years before you can understand the kata.If the explanation is unrealistic and useless then so too is kata and how many people are going to give years to their practice .Two out of 5000 is a fair estimate .
Advocates of what they call jutsu say kata is useless and has no practical value .Both sides have missed the point and the purpose of both the DO and JUTSU and are practicing 1/2 arts.
SHOTOKAN is the name by which people describe MASTER FUNAKOSHI's legacy but the official name of his method is dai nippon kempo JUTSU karate DO.
In his early 80s he was accosted by a street tough in tokyo his hand shot forward and grasped the assailant by the testicles and held him until the police came no doubt attracted by his high girlish screams to take him away .
Nothing mysterious or secret or even advanced and not very DO like but pure JUTSU.
This is a placeholder for something I want to think about in more depth later. Had a really good couple of days. BK and KK were in town visiting. BK and I ...