I'm based in South-East France. I now study Shito-Ryu, having graded to 1st Kyu in Shotokan.
Last night I went to a course conducted by an instructor who is big in France. He is ranked 8th Dan in the FFKAMA, which is the principal governing body in France for Karate and afilliated martial arts.
The sensei specialises in Karate-Jutsu, and the man in phenomenal! I was analysing the course in the car on the way home with a friend, and we decided that he dosen't move, he 'floats'. Anyway, during the course, we broke down the kata Enpi and applied bunkai with a partner. I was impressed by the bunkai initially, or maybe it was the way that the sensei delivered the defences and counter-attacks that impressed, with his power, speed and fluidity. The reason I added the 'or maybe' was because the initial attacks were all kicks or the omni-present Oi-Tsuki.
Now, considering that many people on the forum have said that Kata was designed to counter the attacks from untrained fighters, I found myself wondering why we weren't practising a defence against a wild 'haymaker' or a 'football-style' kick. I would say at this point that I have a huge amount of admiration for the people who have devoted untold years to developing their Karate, but I am still a little sad that the practical bunkai that visionnairies like Iain teach appears to have not arrived everywhere yet.
I don't really have a point to make here, I just wanted to ask 'why'? Is it a case of 'This is what I learnt, so now I'm teaching it to you' or something else? I feel a little uneasy talking about the shortcomings of an 8th Dan, me being 1st Kyu, but I guess I just don't understand why there aren't more people, particularly in France, that don't have a more 'enlightened' approach to bunkai.