hoshin wrote:i think your timing will change depending on your aplication. the more details of application you have in your mind the better you can apply different complex timing layers. i tend to think this is why beginers dont always have good machanics. they are learning an action for the actions sake not learning to applly aplications of machanics and timing to real life situations. this brings us back to the belt standards,, is the teacher teaching so the student will pass the test ( this is a problem in MA. public schools teaching to pass the state MCAS test) or is the teacher teaching the student so they actually learn something.
Lots of people focus on the techniques the end result...what the strike is. But the karate occurs in between all those end results and this is an area I pay a great deal of attention to in my kata training. This is the area that holds the principles that makes stuff work.
i really like this idea.
I like these ideas, and don't see any reason why kata and bunkai can't be tinkered with, after the intial concept is learned. I would think that playing with the concepts is the whole point of doing kata/drills, etc....othewise, as you say, you are playing to the test and not the end goal of learning useful skills that can be applied in various ways.
If you ever get a chance, I would love to see some clips posted, so we could compare the actions. You do a good job of explaining..but you know what they say about a picture worth a thousand words....
will post more later, but enjoying this thread!