Anyone wondered why Sport Karate is so popular? And does anyone think it would be possible to make bunkai competitive?
I was thiking about the local sport Karate events last night and had a thought that most people don't compete because they love the rule set, but they get the chance to test themselves against others.
If we then remove the Karate aspect from the discussion then really if you look across most 'people' almost everyone on the planet enjoys some form of non life risking confronation against others, like tennis, or golf or chess, whatever. You could I think reduce this behaviour to the non deadly definition of status between individuals within a group, ie stags rutting to gain mating rights over a group of females. Far from being a bad thing, this maybe one of the reasons Humans have survived and prospered, a mechanism for ensuring the only the fitest/best survive and pass genes to the next generation.
I guess what I'm saying is that Sport Karate is more of a method for people to define within a group who is the 'best' and therefore the highest status person within a set community. We cans see this in that most of the instructors sent out to spread the Karate message from Japan in the 1950s/60s were those selected through winning competition events. ie they were defined as being the best of their generation. Given this and the dogma associated with most human activity I can understand why Sport Karate is such a popular activity.
Given the above ramblings does anyone think there is the opportunity to take the base human behaviour of seeking competitive/status defining interactions with others that has in our community led to Kumite/Kata events and use this with a rule set that emphasises what Karate was origonally designed for? ie the civilian self defence.
I'm trying to think of how a Bunkai compeition would work (actually I'm not sure it would to be honest), there would have to be an element of 'live' activity within constraints to allow people survive and a set of guidelines to define the 'winner' of the event. Assuming you'd get this worked out, then you'd have to work out of the bunkai is developed/progressed over a few years otherwise it could get very static very quickly...
Maybe the the idea sounds better than what it would turn out as.