A major problem in the current karate environment is the prioritization of nice-looking movement and theoretical explanations over effectiveness. The top masters could apply waza at will and proved themselves in Kumite. They weren’t kuchi-bushi, that is, mouth warriors. Today, too many people online seem to understand karate only from a dance movement perspective that has no relationship to Budo. Don’t be fooled by nice movements and fancy explanations. The kuchi-bushi may look nice, but will be easily crushed.
- The current karate world unfortunately emphasizes nice looking movements and theory over effectiveness.
- People on the internet often only know karate from a “dance movement” perspective unrelated to Budo.
- Kuchi-bushi (mouth warriors) may look nice, but they can be easily crushed.
“All of the top karateka have proved themselves in Kumite: both Japanese and Western exponents, and there are no exceptions.”