I’ve just been adding some quotes to the Facebook page from the past masters that stress the importance of application / bunkai training. As we know, these instructions from the masters are largely ignored today as the majority (albeit a rapidly shrinking majority) do not consider the meaning of kata and hence are not able to apply it in an emergency.
These are the three quotes I just added to Facebook, but there are many more of course. What are your favourite quotes from the past with regards to kata application?
All the best,
“Once a kata has been learned, it must be practised repeatedly until it can be applied in an emergency, for knowledge of just the sequence of a kata in karate is useless.” – Gichin Funakoshi
“Practise each of the techniques of karate repeatedly. Learn the explanations of every technique well, and decide when and in what manner to apply them when needed.” – Anko Itosu
“The techniques should not be practised simply so they can be performed in the kata. Since karate is a fighting art each technique and movement has its own meaning. The karateka must consider their meaning, how and why they are effective, and practise accordingly” – Shigeru Egami