although it's not a taught technique, is the amazing ability of "defenders" in the Dojo to actually grab and trap a fist thrown "wrong" in a drill by the "attacker."
Or do a completely effective "wrong" block out of pure reflex.
ha ha... as anyone who has taught a lower rank a kumite knows!
Maybee this is the true
essence of kumite. Seriuosly though I agree with you on this statement ;
8 Kata, not long, but deep, and containing much useful and realistic technique. Some ornamentation
I have been to a few kung fu classes lately and it is really opening my eyes up to just how practical and effective our style is. It is like you say. Our techniques all become automatic. I would agree that it is partially because we begin with the foundation of sanchin, and build from there. When we fight we automatically go into a sanchin like stance, because everything we do emiinates from it. Our partner work also has a strong effect on how we defend ourselves... and when someone does the "wrong" attack, in some small way we are
defending ourselves. I think that as long as the Sensei leaves no illusion that a wauke will always work against a punch, but rather that the drill is merely a training aide the student should be ok.
Thank you for your insight into how our style leads us to formless, or logical actions. I love it
One thing I beleive you should do is reassess your belief that there is "Some ornamentation" involved in our kata. Ask just about any senior Dan rank how they interpret what you perceive as an ornamentation, and they will find a martial application .... well.. except for maybee the bow. Ha ha.. watch someone will have a martial use for that