Stephan Kesting makes some really good points in this video. The essential point is that every art has:
1 – Techniques
2 – Equipment
3 – Training Methods
It is the mix of these three that ultimately shape the art. This is why I feel progressive live practise, unlimited by any given rule set (just stafey considerations), is a must (3); and why modern training equipment such as focus mitts and the heavy bag (2) have so much to offer karateka.
One-step sparring is a very poor training method (nothing like fighting or self-defence so it develops no transferable or relevant skills) … and we can see the problems it causes.
A makiwara has its place … but if it’s not like hitting a person (does not move, flat and unrealistically solid, can’t apply meaningful combinations on it, etc) and if it becomes the primary method of impact training then we can develop some very strange ideas about power generation, real world striking, etc.
And so on. It’s a interesting way of looking at the make-up of the martial arts, and lots of it resonated with me.
We can have great techniques, but with sub-optimum kit and poor training methods, arts can quickly deteriorate (a point Mr Kesting makes very well in the video).
Well worth a watch!
All the best,