Motobu Choki Sensei championed the principle of delivering non telegraphed sucker strikes, today we know the as pre emptive striking. Here is a quick recording from tonights session to demonstrate pre emptive striking with a degree of restriction.
This question is mainly addressed to Iain and other online trainers.
Do you feel that you are looked upon in a good light or bad light from other martial arts teachers.
One issue that I could see coming into play is that now anyone can go online and see every Kata disected down in detail. Exposing all the little details that would have taken others several years of study to be entitled to. Exposing all of the dealy details of that martial art. Students do not have to wait and pay for years of studying to understand the principles of kata and technques.
Just some thoughts on the notion of what is “traditional” in traditional karate.
Although things are changing, if you were to ask what methods are a legitimate part in traditional karate, I think it would be fair to say that the vast majority would consider Roundhouse kick (mawashigeri) as traditional and as legitimate as it gets. Whereas throwing would largely be seen as “revisionism” or a modern bolt on.
This has been weighing pretty heavily on me the last few weeks. A friend of mine refuses to train in anything related to kata, but he's familiar with the concepts behind them because I've tried to "evangelize" him to our bunkai ways over the last decade or so. Recently, we had a conversation about kata and bunkai, the pros and cons. He acquiesced the fact that kata practice had value, but kept bringing up the point that we don't actually know the original intentions of the creators of the kata because it has been lost to time.
I think the first moment ... long ago, long before I knew the name "Abernethy" and so forth ... that started me down the karate path I'm on now ... the path that goes through this forum rather than "just punch, kick and block" post-war karate, was when I saw a certain photo regarding the shuto-uke.
You know, "open-hand knife block", as people would explain and demonstrate it.
That's the way the "old school" masters of yore did it* ...