Good evening everyone,
During lockdown, I have entered a couple of online kata competitions. I don't really do competition karate much, but thought it would be fun to have a crack at.
I understandably have not done fantastically well.
My question is - how "good" do the practical karateka (and TKD-ists and Kung-fu practitioners for that matter), expect the solo performance of their students forms to be for the practical application? I consider my form to be generally fairly solid (as an example, I will put a link to an entry using Gankaku at the end of this post for you to disabuse me of this idea), but it is obviously not competition standard.
I have also seen kata performances by some great karateka with an excellent knowledge of practical application which I personally prefer the look of, but which again I don't think would find competitive success.
I know Iain often mentions being exact in the positions in the kata when carrying out the solo performance (To paraphrase, "Are you fighting a taller opponent, or are you just bad?"), but how do you decide on what good is, and how close to a commonly agreed performance standard do you expect your students to perform the kata, whether within a club, organisation, or wider community (i.e. as close to the "Wado" or "Shotokan" form as possible)?
Does anyone here expect their students to acheive a level of skill in solo kata which would be successful in competition? If so why, and if not why not?
I understand in this situation "good" is purely subjective, and in fact it's mentioned in this thread (https://www.iainabernethy.co.uk/content/changes-funakoshis-karate-during-his-lifetime) that Funakoshi's Tekki Shodan probably wouldn't pass muster at a karate competition nowadays even though it was evidently sufficient in quality at the time for his goals which were probably closer to what we desire.
I also acknowledge that there is probably a difference in what constitutes good from a competition and practical standpoint, but I'm curious to know how people on here judge the solo performance of kata as being adequate alongside the more practical elements which have more objective performance measures, particularly with regards to gradings, and especially as I would wager many people here have made the transition to practical karate from a 3K or competition focussed club.
Tl;dr - What standard do you hold solo performance of kata/hyung/tao lu to in the context of a holistic and practical martial arts curriculum?
Thanks in advance for any replies,
P.S. - This is my most recent kata entry: