First post here. After 35 years of Karate, I started being interested in Chinese internal arts, particularly Taichi. Recently, I started to apply the softness of Taichi to my Karate practice and I'm on a very interesting path (for me at least). I'm practicing katas in a much more fluid, soft and flowing way, more like Shotokai does. Okinawan Karate has a different perception and application of power compared to Japanese Karate (Kime vs Muchimi), but the Katas are rigid nonetheless (yes I understand that you can be relaxed yet explosive).
That made me wonder if, in ancient times, katas were practiced the stiff and rigid way they are practiced today. Does anyone have any information on that? Thank you. - Martin Jutras