I was wondering, what is pure style?
I have many discussions on various Forums and many are self proclaimed Karate Purists. They proclaim that they must keep the style they practice free from outside influences, never cross train in any other style including not practicing Judo etc as well as their core style.
Now looking at the styles that some of the Karate purists practice are Wado Ryu, Shito Ryu and other Okinawan styles. Now I will not speak bad of these styles as they are supurb styles and their pedigree has been proven over and over again throughout history. But if you look at the kata or the founders of these styles, they are in themselves Hybrids of the classical styles of Naha Te, Shuri Te, Tomari Te, including many Kata from Chinese styles in Kode Te. or in Wado's case Japanese Jujitsu. Ohtsuka Sensei trained with many masters not just Funakoshi Sensei.
My thought are that as with Iain and the Bunkai Series and with Vince Morris creating Kissaki Kai Karate Do, and other Senior Martial Artists all proclaim that their studies in other arts allowed them to see what was "staring them in the face" of their core art.
Now, whether or not it is Wado but Judo has been used in cross training to understand the complexity of the kata and/or Aikido for say Ashihara or Enshin, there should be no Watering down of the style in my opinion but actually enhancement. Who gives them the rights to say that because the karate is "watered down" its not as good as someone who has only studied the one art for say 40 years or so. So, for example, are they correct to say it is NOT Wado if you've trained in other arts too.
I chatted with one Hapkido Teacher who said I could train with him but I would have to stop practicing any other styles. I only want to do a few courses etc
I could quote Musashi Miyamoto's Book of Five Rings where he continually states to train in other styles to improve you own core style (or there abouts don't want to be in trouble ofr misquoting him).
Your thought please on this topic