A recent thread forced me to review my view of Shotokan as a style of karate and while I was not ultimately moved from my view as the stye as one more concerned with the development of the self, than building fighters per se (sorry Jon), I was forced to look at why I hold certain beliefs and question certain aspects of those views (thanks Jon).
As such I am interested in how people view the various karate styles. I'm not talking about informed opinion, oe worse still, googled repitition, I'm talking about a broad brushstroke 'feeling' about what characterises various styles.
I'll kick off:
Goju Ryu - Close quarter system including, grappling and groundwork.
Wado Ryu - Primarilly stand up fast evasive style with lots of locks and holds. Heavy emphasis on getting out of the way
Shotokan - Very militaristic, powerful style. Big classes, low stances, moving basics, primarily concerned with the development of spirit
Kykoshinkai - Stand up, powerful full contact system. Wholly standup paying scant attention to kata and bunkai. Less emphasis on evasion, more on direct power
Shorin Ryu - Okinawan style so probably featuring more grappling than the Japanese styles
Shoto Ryu - Not realy sure so basically as above for Shorin
None of this is supposed to insult anyone, I'm just interested in peoples basic one-line perceptions of the styles.
O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us. Robert Burns;
What do you think?