Isn’t that the whole point of wado kata right there Bob. The old meijin didn’t just randomly wadoize the ryukyu kata in the abstract, he engineered both an upload and download ‘energy to power paradigm’ to feed the intent. There is no need for bunkai in wado kata so the kata becomes the delivery service for the payload. Attack and defence being the same thing we can also upload energy in the defensive movement and download its power in the counter attack. We pause only after the attack is finished in wado kata, the same as koryu tamashigiri.Gusei21 wrote: So what is interesting for me is that (I spent several years cross training in shitoryu) is that in Wado we do our stuff during transition. In Shitoryu we did it after we stopped moving. In other words we were posing.
But when you get to Inoue Sensei or in this particular case Rika Usami, the lines start to blur. Yes she is still waiting until she gets there - sort of - but again...the line starts to blur.
Yoshimi Inoue is one of the great ambassadors of Japanese martial arts and all his students are a credit to his teaching. Back a while ago in 1988 we – my brothers and I – exchanged wado ryu Rohai’s seductive study of spirals and gravity manipulation with Mie Nakayama’s winning Matsumura Rohai kata behind the scenes at the 88 world championships in Australia. As you are well aware Yoshimi Inoue’s student Mei Nakayama was the world kata champion at that time.
Over the years we have also cross-trained with 7th dan Goju Kai, Shoto and Okinawan Goju ryu fellas and in each case Ohtsuka meijin’s ‘motion being the delivery of intent’ was always the difference.
I have seen very few non wado folk ‘blur the lines’ and not many of those blur it as well as Inoue sensei.