I know this is a touchy subject, and has been discussed in part in the past.
Over the years however the membership of this forum has changed quite markedly, so I thought I'd revisit this issue again.
My approach to the study of kata and the applications I draw from my study are, relatively speaking, very simple and straightforward. The reason for this is because I can refer them back to actual situational experience. This prevents me from indulging in what I call "demonstration Bunkai " as I believe sincerely that this type of kata application practice would be ineffective against a genuine physical assault.
So what are your views? Can a person talk about and teach the actual sensation of applying a grappling Oyo in a genuine situation, where the fear and risk of injury is real if they have never experienced those sensations themselves? Can the Sensei teach about what it feels like to give & receive impact if they don't have any experience in that arena.
Now I'm not talking about teaching the aesthetic approach to karate. I'm referring to standing in front of a group and describing the effects of violence on the karateka, and how the combative engagement feels, physically and mentally. Can we truly understand how our Bunkai will play out in reality if we've never experienced reality, because I can assure you that no matter how vigorous you train it's never the same as real, certainly not as aggressive, and most definitely nowhere close to the speed and ever changing energy of civilian conflict.
What are your thoughts??