i read that in many 'modern' systems techniques are continually updated and refined according to experience or finding of the group. certainly this can be seen in MMA where a 'new' technique will work for a time until people figure out a way round it. In sel;f protection circle techniques seemt o be be refined according to reports from ral life situations.
this casued me to think of a cuple of questions
- are we defending ourselves against the same threats and violence as before?
certainly, the people and the mind set have alot of similatires but, surely with a change in avilible drugs, a change in cities, availible weapons and the proliferation of MA art information either by classes, sporting events or the internet (youtube) the threat is very different
as a follow one to this should we update kata?
most instuctors that i hyave met have made adjustment to thier arts to deal with the above issues. how far should these adjust meant go though, Should we take out or alter the movements in the kata than are not applicable anymore? after all did the masters of old not keep updating their training and kata through out their lives?