To be a Martial Artist I should not just emphasize the Martial and neglect the Art. There are practitioners out there who are equally or more interested on the Art part of Martial Art. ------
So, although my posts stressed the importance of realism in the narrow view of street fighting, in no way was I disrespecting those of us who are equally or more interested in the artful interpretation of kata movements.
OK, let me continue:
The final app. is something that the student chooses based on what he believes works best for him, and so Uechi becomes his own personal 'jewelry box'.
Yes, sounds wonderful. No offense intended to both Van and Walter, I love both of you. We are sort of being forced into that line of thinking however, due to what we normally practice in the dojos. Please understand that I am not bad mouthing the style, I love it or I wouldn't be doing it for the last 48 years. I am just criticizing some of the old applications brought here from Okinawa that are totally out of date but still being taught and practiced. (Another silly one from Seisan just popped into my mind: grapping your opponent's waist and lift him or shove him 90-degree to another opponent who is coming at you from the right side with an overhead Samurai sword strike. Wow!)
Somehow my original post has gone off track but my original point is that the Bongai's being practiced by students regularly should be as realistic as possible to begin with. Of course one can play around with numerous ways of applying but he still should regularly practice it in a realistic manner.
Again, my original post is pretty much narrowed to preparation for street fighting, or call it street self defense if you will. It is difficult enough to remember one's own name during a fight, never mind the task of choosing an application when the fight comes, or counting on some beautiful move to appear miraculously during a fight because of the superb kata trainings. It just won't happen. That has to be done and practiced beforehand. Whatever closes to the "final" app should be the one the student practices regularly.
I also made this comment earlier:
The technique may be good only if you are comfortable in executing it and believe that it will work, otherwise at the critical moment it won't come out or may not come out the way you hoped
Thank you all.