I was reading some of the posts you had linked on the last post concerning kata, practicality, drills, etc.
Let me add to what was quoted in there: "There are no secrets in Karate"...
Well, actually there is more to it. In Okinawa they might say the same thing, but, think of it more like "There are no secrets in Karate, only material you have not learned". What the "no secrets" in karate means to do is express to the student that there aren't these mysterious techniques that you will never be able to learn. All of the secrets are right there for you to learn. But, you will learn them when you are ready. Now, just a word of caution...keeping that in mind, the un-secrets we are talking about are in the kata. In order to learn them you have to have the "code" of unlocking them which is taught to the student by a knowledgable instructor. You cannot just eliminate the kata or the "mundane" practice of kata and only practice "what you think" are the actual one-on-one techniques for self defense. If we all knew the highest level of understanding of karate and self defense and were able to execute the techniques flawlessly, then we could develop a system of teaching our interpretation and eliminate kata practice altogether if we deem it prudent. But, then it would not be karate.
I would urge everyone not to join the hordes of practitioners who have this "epiphany" that you don't need kata and all you really need to do is research the ultra-effective techniques...and practice them one on one and ultimately that is all one truly needs to be good at.
This was my point, but I think you got confused as to what side of the coin I am on. My point is you can do kata as a basic curriculum requirement in which all it is is a collection of basic techniques or you can learn what it really is.
So many people over the last 100 years have had the same epiphany you all are having. For example, if I am blocking, and I want it to be effective, why am I crossing my hands? The mistake most make is that instead of sitting back and thinking about a practical reason for crossing the hands, they simply eliminate the crossing hands and strip the movement down to a basic block.
Perhaps we are told that there is more to this kata stuff than we think...but rather than teach/ support antiquated dogma, we "revolutionize" the practice of kata and the martial arts and turn what we do into "ultra-efficient" self defence.
If karate, and its principle teaching methodology, kata, has survived several hundred years of strife, oppression and combat, don't you think it is inherently "ultra-efficient" and you just don't know it all yet?
If this ultra-efficient art has a technique that appears to be inefficient, don't you think that it is perhaps your understanding of it that is making it inefficient?
If you are crossing your hands on a technique in kata, is it the students who should deem the technique inefficient?
If someone tells you that the "outside middle block" is not a block when it is preceeded by a crossing hand technique, should we eliminate the crossing hand...erasing hundreds of years of tradition and the "secret" of the technique, or should we stick around and learn what the crossing hand means?
Just a few questions to answer for yourselves, not for me or this forum. If anything, I hope we are all starting to develop a real sense of why we are doing what we do. Reflection on the purpose of our training often reveals truth.
"Regardless of how far one travels down the wrong road, turn around"