Dear forum members,
I come from a rather mixed karate background but have trained with a Wado based group for many years now. Since moving abroad, I have been exposed to many other clubs and training methods, which could be considered both a good and a bad thing.
While the Wado group I train with is Wado-based it does not include the practice of kihon kumite or ohyo kumite. Over the past year or so I have trained with other groups who do practice these and I am trying to apply the principles found within them to my own training. I would be interested to hear from other Wadoka about their experiences of kihon and ohyo kumite. Do you regard them as being effective from a 'fighting' and/or self-defence point-of-view (please do not read to much into my choice of words here, I have used these terms to distinguish this from competition sparring)? What other benefits do you think practicing them brings? do you see any disadvantages in practicing them?
I look forward to hearing from you,