Following Iain's presentation on Miyagi, I was reading Toguchi's books and I'm kind of profoundly disappointed (and my day is ruined hahahah).
It starts very promising like other books alike, it tell us some things that collaborate our contemporary views on the subject and it even have some very interesting pictures of techniques I thought I knew but, as it is always the case, there is more to be learned....
But then.......we get to the application section and it's almost childish and it's not an isolated case.
The official bunkai I'm being forced to memorize part of IKGA curriculum is...let me choose a polite word....problematic. As it was explained to me, it is a interpretation created by Yamaguchi sensei (who I'm led to believe, learned from Miyagi directly).
I went to a seminar, full of black belts, with a whole afternoon dedicated to bunkai and as I look around, most of them are to the sides with arms crossed complaining that is useless and there is no reason to get involved. You can see by yourselves, but the bigger problem for me is that every section must have two different interpretations and at the end it not even looks like the kata it was based on:
Higaonna have a approach much closer to Toguchi's explanation in his book, it is interesting if we consider a "first attempt" for young students to practice with a partner, but I don't believe it would hold against a adversary that doesn't stand there and waits to be punched.
So...before this gets too long.....
As I see it, we have two options, all these very important and respected people were taught this sequences as they are, firmly believe in them and teach as they were instructed to, maybe even Miyagi himself never saw something different and taught as he was told to. Or they are most blatantly lying to us all.
I mean, Toguchi died in 1998, he had plenty of time and opportunity to, if not tell a different story, to teach others he trusted in the "real" explanation. By now, we should have too many people with this secrete knowledge and access to YouTube. Funakoshi made clear his dislike for "modern" karate, even if hi was bound by the old ways of secrecy, he must have taught at least his family and again the genie would certainly be out of the bottle by now in one way or another.
What am I missing here?