p.s. what I should say about kata etc is that it's good for those that practise a lot...some university students here in Japan that do that are really good..especially the girls. Most are once a week, tired company guys and that just doesn't work very well imho
That"s an interesting debate in itself: Can the method of learning Budo through pure Kata survive in Japan? As far as I can see, after university, people just don"t have the time and energy to devote to
mastering budo via this method anymore. Those that hope to make a living from teching budo in Japan have to teach kids pretty much full time. Nothing wrong with that, but they can"t transmit the deeper stuff. They also can"t grow and challenge themselves so much. I think Budo (and many other traditional arts) are in serious trouble in Japan. The model will have to change.People don"t have the time and money to follow the ways anymore.