I just thought I would as a question:
Does anybody perform or teach practical kihon / basics in the Dojo but when it comes to a graidng, the students are tested on kihon that steps up and and down the hall or just basics on the spot.
I have a similar problem going on right now, where I teach a WCA Syallaus with padwork, bunkia etc. all the usual stuff. And when I grade my students - at the moment they have been grading with me, they get tested on said stuff.
The problem I have is that soon, some of my students will have to grade with the Association I am with and they do not perform padwork, bunkai or practical kihon in the gradings. They say you can teach whatever you want in the dojo, but when it comes to grading, they need to grade this way.
The reason I am asking is that I saw Andy Allen's blog about kihon looking good or being practical and it has got me thinking about this. I have spoken with Iain at great length about this, but wanted other people's opinion on the teaching.
It feels weird teaching things in my Dojo, but when they come to an association grading, its different. Especially now that the 'higher' grades changed the syllabus and didnt consult the other Dojo instructors. So they have removed some of the Shotokan Kata and changed the way kihon is performed at a grading. The kihon now is step forward one punch, one block. I will know more in 2 weeks because we are having a zoom meeting about it. This only occured becuase I asked about it. Or else it was going to be sprung upon the other Instructors :(
Anyway, please let me know what others think.