Is the Modern Karate athlete really better?
In the PAST, The Karate athlete competed in individual Kata, individual Kumite, team Kata and team Kumite in a single Tournament..
1- The elite Karate competitors of the past would compete in Kata events INJURED from kumite practice before the competition.
2-The elite Kumite competitors of the past would compete in Kumite after doing up to 8 different Katas BEFORE even starting the Kumite events.
3-The elite Kata Team competitors of the past would have competed injured in the individual Kata competition , done up to 8 different Katas in the kata event, fought up to 9 times in the Kumite event... and only NOW Starts the team Kata event.
4-The elite Kumite Team of the past competitors would have competed injured in the individual Kata comptition, done up to 8 different Katas in the individual kata event, Fought up to 9 times in the individual Kumite event and done up to 4 different katas in the team Kata event BEFORE Participating in the Team Kumite competition......
5- we did all this in ONE Gi....
Modern Karate competitors, Try and do this if you can find a tournament with over 500 competitors IN YOUR DIVISION, NO WEIGHT divisions or age divisions... everyone in ONE DIVISION.... see if you think the modern Karate Competitor is actually better "athletes" then the Past Karate competitors.
by Funakoshi Sensei 船越