I'm not sure I understand your point here. For myself, the teaching method I have described was very different from the way I initially trained when I started karate. We were given moves from the kata and these were called basics. They had the names low block, high block, front punch, etc. Then, we were given the kata and we practiced it without training any of the applications. After this, we worked on one steps that took some of the basic moves they called basics and strung them together in very zen like responses to lunging front punches. Then, we learned the tournament sparring that we were going to utilize at the next competition. Kata were trained for the competition as well. Anyway, this method was utilized in both the Japanese and Korean karate dojos I trained with. After subsequent research and training with various Okinawan practitioners on the island, I've come to recognize that what I described above was the actual way karate used to be passed on before it became a modern art. If you read Shoshin Nagamine's book, Tales of the Okinawan Masters, he explicitly relays the training methodology utilized by the masters or founded many of the modern ryu. A number of other masters in their writings corroborate this. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tales-of-okinawas-great-masters-shoshin-nagamine/1002850947 Perhaps you could describe how you were trained and compare it directly to what I described.