Why does Western Bunkai and Japanese(including Okinawan) differs so much ? Western bunkai seems very practical while the Japanese and Okinawan looks very stiff and rigid. For example,Morio Higaonna's bunkai for Shisochin is very different from Ian's bunkai; Ian's bunkai seems to be more fluid while Morio Higaonna's seems more stiff. Higaonna's attacker attacks as if he is in a kata, while Ian's attacker attacks more realistically. I'm not trying to disrespect Morio Higaonna sensei or anything,but I just wonder how come he isn't showing how these moves would look in a realistic fashion.
Tom Hill also had pretty cool applications also for shisochin.
When Im looking for new bunkai applications all of the Japanese demonstrations they don't look realistic at all.Their opponents always begins with a lunge punch aimed at the chest( sometimes also to the face, but mostly at the chest) and then the sensei will follow up with a kata move that is performed incorrectly for its context. Do you guys see the differences ? What do you guys think?