With the introduction of karate into the public school systems of Okinawa and then
The wisdom of teaching karate as combined, compound patterns of motion (kata) is clear: that is how the techniques of karate would be invariably employed in any real encounter. One of the most important principles of kata, and of fighting is that the same position or motion in a different context can mean different things and be applied in different ways. This is why it is more helpful to learn position and motion (kata) rather than individual application (kihon).
As karate has been ‘pulled apart’ and deconstructed, as it were, to facilitate large scale training, it is necessary that any dedicated disciple of karate have a keen awareness of the need to weave the different aspects of their training together. To return to the place of origin where karate is most itself and effective requires that a karateka work tirelessly to unite kihon, kata, kumite and bunkai into a seamless entity – a schema of self-protection. Karate must return from a place of names of techniques to a place of unconscious embodiment of techniques. Keep this notion of embodiment in mind as you journey deeper into the Way.