I have been looking at the application of katas for a bit now, and also have got various dvd's on the subject too. My problem is that sometimes I see very complicated bunka for a part of a kata that just seems a bit unrealistic for my tastes.
When I am with people of my own grade, ie 1st dan, they seem to want to come up with ideas that only one person is attacking them and use about 6-10 moves of that kata to defeat them.
I have got a copy of 'way of kata' by wilder etc. and after watching some of Iain's dvd's I am tending to think of my bunkai being against one person but only using 1 or 2 maybe 3 at the most to defeat the enemy.
Is my bunkai being too simple, I refer to the KISS method!!! or will my understanding of bunkai grow bigger in the years to come and then I will think of more outlandish applications . I mean their bunkai does work but I always thought of the application is being,
a. to take the fight to the enemy, once the fight has become a situation where you cant get away.
b. to hurt them enough to get away. not do 10 techniques then get away.
c. that every part of the kata does something to the other person, so that they might not come back to get me. i have seen people do some applications which include a leg throw from the end of bassai dai but then it doesnt stop the enemy from coming back.
I dont know really. I think what I am after is that, do other people who are starting this journey, think the same way that their bunkai is very simple or have they been able to think of complicated moves first off. Do you finish off the person with a couple of techniques or do you carry the bunkai applications for half way through a kata on the same person
Hope you can understand this well. If not i will try and explain later!!! My dinner si ready says the wife.!!!