Be-aware of Complex Interpretations of Kata
The application of self defence techniques which are interpreted from the kata need to be very simple and very quick for it to be of any use in the “real world”, the more complex the techniques or movements the less likely it is going to be successful.
Against a compliant or even a semi-compliant attacker you maybe able to pull it off, however, against a totally non compliant attacker who is actually trying to hit and hurt you it is very difficult indeed.
The techniques should be directed at instantaneous counter striking or pre-emptive striking with a focus on finding a way to escape the situation to safety as quick as possible, the techniques should not be interpreted as a way of winning a fight. The longer you are engaged with the attacker the greater the chance of you getting seriously injured.
I recently saw a bunkai demonstration purporting to be self defence applications which was spectacular and exciting to watch, but later when put to the test, the defender was unable to do anything other than cover up and left to wonder what went wrong.
Maybe it is the interpretation of the word Bunkai that needs to be clarified?