Dear forum and fellow karate kas.
I am new to this forum so please forgive me if this topic has been up a million times. I am also new to Karate. I have trained for 3 years and hold a 4th kyu rank.
I am slowly beginning to grasp the purpose of Katas and the methods of Bunkai. This is very exciting, and a whole new world has appeared :-) This is something that I think I will continue exploring.
Now to my problem and question:
I am seeing plausible applications from books and the internet, and I am actually starting to "develop" my own. But I realize that I will never be ready to use them in a real world situation because i didnt train them. I am interested in input about how your train the application in your dojos, so that they become second nature, the same way as performing the katas is.
I have 2 suggestions myself:
1: Identify sections of kata and try them 100s of times with a sparring partner. I think this could work but given the number of katas, technics and plausible applications I dont know if this is a good method in the long run. And it lacks the unexpected response from the opponent.
2: Engaging in free sparring with a training partner at close distance. Trying to apply the bunkai against an unpredictable opponent.
Maybe this is the right way to go but i am sure that you have a lot of additional methods of training the applications.
Let me hear how you do it. Not looking for 1 single "truth" but just inspiration, to build uppon.