Both Okinawan and Japanese masters have maintained that kata is the soul of Karatedo, and yet, in spite of this ubiquitous testimony, its original defensive intentions remain ambiguous and convoluted.
Having made an art of extrapolation and reverse engineering McCarthy Hanshi has long employed these autodidactic techniques in conjunction with his HAPV-theory to discover how the underlying ideas and principles that govern application principles of kata work.
In the book, “Karate Masters”, Nishiyama Hidetaka said, “Later on the student must connect the principle to the application. The old masters experienced these applications.
Therefore, the practitioner has to study the outside form first, then understand the principle, and later connect the principle to the actual application.”
An exhaustive study of karate’s early historical and technical publications, comparative analysis of style-curricula, the disassembly of traditional kata and linking them to the HAPV have become the benchmark practices through which McCarthy Hanshi has effectively reconstructed the tactical concepts of kata.
And here, I find that keeping it simple is the best way...not to fall prey to ...'well this move from the kata is for this ...that or the other thing...and then this move and the other move is for this'
...and show me how you understand each move BS...