On another thread, BRyder brought up an interesting point that the striking portion of Karate can trace its roots from Siamese Boxing, Muay Boran, which became Muay Thai . Theres an interesting article written by Patrick McCarthy:
Oerjan Nilsen posted another article
So which leads me to a question. Iain has written a great article about individual kata can be styles in and of themselves. Hypothetically speaking, if Karate had some roots in Siamese Boxing, and kata is core of Karate, and each kata could be a style in and of itself: Is there kata that would reflect these Siamese roots? Or is the influence mostly that the okinawans took the chinese kata and replaced open hand with closed fist, etc that we see in many kata?