eyebeams said:Actually, adjustment is *required* because of the way people move under real stress, which is under conditions that restrict range of movement and produce tunnel vision and the loss of fine motor control. Making your movements larger helps you maintain fullness of posture.
That's what training is designed to overcome. The freezing up and panicking etc. and learning how to channel your fear etc. are all part of good martial arts training. I don't think that the argument that if you train to use massively exaggerated movements, that you'll move normally when you are panicking is a good one.
eyebeams said:You see the same thing in Tai Chi, actually. If you look at the postures used in Chen style in particular you see training at these very low postures. In fact, every single CMA I have studied (Wing Chun, Hung Gar, Mizongluohan, Xingyi and Tai Chi) used this method.
Other forms of Tai Chi, however do not. Cheng Man-Ch'ing's style of Tai Chi, for instance, seemed to be very upright in it's postures. He was reputedly indefeated in contests, so the freezing up factor didn't seem to be there for him. Hsing-I that I have seen was not exaggerated along the lines of Shotokan, but rather more akin to the other styles I have refered to. The purpose of the various CMA arts and Sanchin in Goju Ryu etc. are clearly to excercise and strengthen as well as train. My point is that Shotokan seems to take this to an extreme and it seems to have been done for looks more than anything else.
eyebeams said:I think Shotokan could stand to drop the low postures in step sparring and bunkai, but the method isn't an inherently bad one. Plus, it's been my experience that the crane or "C" walking step has lent itself to mis-execution because it's rather easy to cheat by dragging your leg to the position. It's the wrong way to do it, but it's reached wide acceptance. In fact, your front leg should be doing the vast majority of the work.
I think that your front leg is doing the work whether you're dragging the leg or not.