This might be a duplicated submittal. I thought I submitted this last night but it wasn't here this morning. Umm, I must have punched the wrong button or, as usual, said some inappropriate stuff. I am softening my words and resubmitting, hope it will go through this time.
Henry has generated a very active thread here. It's encouraging to see a Uechi senior question the validity ----- etc. -- I'm surprised to see him back pedal and attempt to close Pandora's box? ---- etc.-- You do the Uechi world a great service by posting clips of variations of Bunkai as it gets many thinking about their kata and how it might be used. Everyone needs to ponder if their techniques would stand up in a real violent confrontation
Thank you for your kind words, Laird. Yes I back pedaled. I do have the tendency of saying inappropriate stuff sometimes, or saying them inappropriately. I tent to forget that I am an old timer Uechi practitioner and a Hanshi, there are things I should say differently if I were to say them at all.
As to the YouTube video clips you mentioned, I would give GEM credits for encouraging me to look outside of the box and think of alternative applications. The clips might have become locker room
jokes (I know of at least one occasion) but I just wanted to come up with some alternative applications that I feel are more realistic without deviating from the Kata movements.
Stryke questioned at what point does evolution demand changes. As mentioned above, GEM does allow flexibility on performing the Bunkai's. I forgot his exact words but something like: Up to and including the Shodan test, the students need to do the standard Bunkai's, but after Shodan he/she may (or should?) experiment alternative applications. A good reason the Bunkai's are difficult to change across the board is the necessity of standardization. An example here: During one of my student's Nidan test in a Summer Camp I did my modified Sensan Bunkai with him because I wanted to take the opportunity to demonstrate the modified approach based more on modern day street fighting. But, due to the deviation from the standard, no one else there knows the movements.
I am signing off from this thread. Great information from everyone. Thank you all.