Re: RYU Te
Just so you know, if you really are looking for Koryu training (or the Okinawan equivalent), every Koryu's main training method IS kata. If you join a Koryu, you'll be doing allot more kata practice than in an Isshinryu class, I can tell you that much.
Originally Posted by combatisshinryu
Some Koryu will have something like sparing in them, but they are the minority, generally speaking.
Also, I completely disagree that kata is just for 'mind-body connection', and I'm not 100% sure what you really mean by that.
The kata of a system IS the system, it's mindset, goals, methods, strategies, tactics, power generation, you name it, it's all in there. It's just a matter of being able to see that and train it with that in mind.
I tend to have a more serious attitude in my kata practice now than I did back when I was doing completions in Taekwondo.
"Traditional Martial arts are not so exciting, as there is no title match. Only pain. Pain and patience. They need a long time until mastery" -Fumio "Unsui" Manaka-Sensei