Hi everyone. I've been studying Goju-Ryu for 28 years, and have been doing a deep dive on bunkai for the last year. It's been incredibly rewarding, but one question has been bothering me. I can't understand how the applications were lost in the first place. The "standard" bunkai, at least for goju, is simply nonsense. It isn't good marial arts, it isn't good fighting, and it doesn't follow the kata. I would blame it on modern misunderstandings, but I recently got a copy of Mabuni's book on Seipai kata, and it is the same. He was a friend of Miyagi. Did Miyagi not understand the bunkai? How deep does this rabbit hole go? I understand that Itosu introduced watered-down explainations of the kata when he started teaching in the schools. It makes sense that that would create confusion, but I don't see how it would lead to the total loss of the bunkai even in direct lineages. And it doesn't explain why such a renowned karate master like Mabuni would publish a book that he had to know was full of misinformation.
I've got to be missing something. Can anyone point me in the right direction?