I have recently re-written my karate syllabus to be much more holistic after being introduced to Iains methods a couple of years ago. I got 9th Kyu to 1st Dan completed then started thinking about how to go about doing the Dan grades, but found my self struggling. First i thought about what new techniques to put in but it just felt like overkill, i thought about which kata to use (i used the Heians and Bassai previously) and then it hit me. Why Bother? I felt like i was just putting stuff in to warrent the tittle of 2nd/3rd/4th Dan, which got me thinking about all the the seminars if have been to with Iain and not once did the subject of what Dan anybody was came up. It was simply a case of people with varying degrees of knowledge and experience.
Would we not be better concentrating on making what we already know better rather than stuffing our heads with more information that may not be needed. The Heians cover most cases with Bassai to fill a few gaps (in my opinion), to steal one of Iains analogies, better to have a strong tree than a hand full of seeds.
So in conclusions, do Dan grades really matter? or is it just something else labeled as 'tradition' that we all go along with?
Looking forward to your thoughts.