Re: The GREAT kata debate
IMHO, what's the debate?
Some people can make Kata generalize and transfer and others can't. Its not a matter of does Kata work, because its a great way to train and preserve information. It probably would not have survived as a training tool if it did not have some effectiveness.
Even the best reality people I know have a history of Kata. Some of the worst and sloppiest I know, don't.
There is a time to practice form/Kata, a time to vary from it, and a time to let them go.
I enjoy Kata and think it has helped me greatly. But, I tend to see the practical application in almost anything.