My latest article isn't going to be telling folks here anything new, but I thought some might find it interesting, at least. One of my biggest pet peeves in karate and kobudo drills is the constant use of backward steps preceding forward motion. While it has its place, I certainly don't think it should be anywhere near as prevalent as it is.
And yes, I must admit, our style does practice the kind of drills that I complain about in this article. They were added to the curriculum by the founder of our organization, and his son, and I imagine they will always be a part of the curriculum. That just means I have to be able to do them--but I don't have to like them :P