I have just joined but could not see a welcome section, so I will introduce myself here. Konbanwa!
I practice Wado Ryu as well as a mixed martial art based on Wing Chun with a bit of Shotokan thrown in; the two martial arts the instructor practices.
I have started to find that with the more Chinese based techniques I learn a lot of my Wado Ryu starts to make more sense. It occured to me the other day that many Kata orginate from Chinese martial arts, but often the applications that are commonly taught are very Un-Chinese-like (un-Kung Fu like).
As an examle in Naihanchi the first move after the sideways step has been explained to me as a chop which can be a strike or a shuto-like defence. However, I find that this makes more sense as a Wing Chun style defence where you let the incoming strike feed into you guard and then deflect it using rotation of the forearm by twisting your palm so it faces upwards. This then leans in nicely to either a poke of the attackers eyes or a control to get in close for the elbow.
I also think that Naihanchidachi is the same as a Wing Chun stance. I cannot comment on the authority of the information, but apparently it is referred to as Number Two Character Goat Holding Stance! The mind boggles, and I can only assume there is a bit of comic mis-information going on there.
It does seem logical to me that original applications even in Karate would have been much more Kung Fu looking and over time fluidly changed as the Japanese and then Western cultural imprint modified them.
Obviously this is based on what I know and not on what I don't know, so interested to find out the thoughts of others.