A student raised a question the other day in the Dojo:
A student was asked to perform some Heian Bunkai and as they went through the Kata, it was clear you could see every move according to the Kata. So as the Kata had a move, the student did that move in the same sequence.
The question arose was if a student when showing the Kata Bunkai in question, could actually flow between each bits of the Kata.
So for eg.
When performing said Kata Bunkai - Heian Nidan - They could flow between each part of the Kata. so for eg, would it be correct in saying that they could move between the Knife hand strikes and go straight into the upper blocks at the end if needed.
What I am trying to say is although we can do the Bunkai and mirror it to the Kata, would it be fair to say that depending on what is happening at the time, we would just flow between each part to get the desired result and it should not matter too much if the steps in the kata were not completely followed through from start to finish.
When people on here perform gradings, do you perform the Kata Bunkai as it mirrors the Kata or do you join sections up and try to flow it better as if in a fight / escape to safety scenario?
Hopefully I have explained this well enough :)