I have been teaching karate for 15 years now and to be honest we never really did any bunkai, my instructor still feels there isn't a need for it. But I have taught myself bunkai through people like Iain's work opening my eyes, I teach my black belt students drills for all of the kata they do, but I was wondering at what grade people teach their students or were taught bunkai themselves by their instructors?
Is it too early to teach an adult beginner the application of blocks and lunge punch in the first few weeks of their training?
Do they need the basic 'foundation' of just doing the techniques for the sake of doing them for the first few months?
and when do you start to teach application to children?
I would be very interested to hear everyone's opinions please