I was thinking about the naihanchi/tekki kata at work today and thought it would be a good idea to get the groups opinions on here. I have always liked the progression approach to kata, starting with basic fundamental skills and building on that.
The pinans deal with the different stages of a fight and Iain describes this brilliantly in his pinan/heian series articles and shows it even better in his pinan dvd series. I've also read Gavin Mulholland' four shades of black (brilliant book by the way) and he shows the same approach with the gekisai, saifa and seienchin kata in goju ryu.
If I am correct, before the pinans were created, naihanchi/tekki were the initial kata taught to new students. Gichin Funakoshi stated in one of his books (karate do my way of life I think) that he spent three years on each of the naihanchi/tekki kata before moving on to any others. This surely must show how important the early masters believed these kata were.
So here is my question, do you think that there is any progression going on in the naihanchi/tekki kata? Does nidan build on shodan and sandan build on nidan? Forgive me if it's a very obvious answer but most of my study is in naihanchi shodan (wado ryu) and I've spent very little time with nidan and sandan.
I know that there are a few different stories out there about how the naihanchi/kata were created and Hironori Otsuka, the founder of wado ryu, even said that only shodan was needed as nidan and sandan are "almost useless". That being said it would still be interesting to know what you all think.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
All the best