Michael Gallagher wrote:
Basics are absolutely critical because they are the foundation for everything that comes later. Don't have the basics, don't have the art. It's that simple.
Yes. But what is basics?
Are kihon basics? Yes and no.
IMHO kihon is a way of teaching basics, but it is not basics. The true basics is within and beyond the actual techniques: moving from the center, etc. If you can learn the basics in other ways than through extensive kihon training, that is fine with me.