I've been discussing pattern/kata applications with some of my taekwondo mates and trying to get across the notion that quite a few karate kata encapsulate a given individual's fighting style or approach and are actually named after them.
So the fighting comes first, then the 2 man drills to learn that fighting style and THEN the kata as an aid memoir (either created by the man himself or his students) in order to solo train and to visualise and remember the lessons they have learnt.
But what kata can be said to embody the individual approach in that way?
Kushanku? He was southern Chinese?
Chinte? Was he the shipwrecked sailor?
Do the Pinans, alhough not named after him, condense Itosu's approach to fighting in this way?