When I think about karate practice in modern Japan and Okinawa, I think about the classic image of karateka demonstrating very rigid (though sharp and beautiful) bunkai in the way that we, on this forum, often critique--where reverse punches are reverse punches and blocks are blocks and chambered hands are simply chambered hands etc. Does "applied karate" as we might understand it here exist in Japan? Although Japan still produces some incredible masters of karate, are there experts of that calibre from Japan who endeavor to think about karate in the way that people on this forum try to think about it--who try to interpret kata as we try? Does the World Combat association network extend to places in Japan? Does anyone's personal network extend so far?
This struck me as a point of interest early yesterday, when I was thinking about how wonderful it was for me, as a practioner of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, to have the opportunity to travel to Japan and attend classes from masters of Budo Taijutsu--it would be wonderful if similar opportunities were available for people devoted to the study of karate kata as applied martial art.
Any insights would be awesome.