Over-simplification has been a major theme running through Okinawa Karatedo – from its emergence into the school system on Okinawa, its transplantation onto mainland Japan, and its exportation to the rest of the world. One of the dangers of simplifying Karatedo for publication consumption is that people can believe that the simplified Karatedo is the genuine item that is actually used. People forget the elements to Karatedo: conditioning, techniques, Kata, etc. These were inadequately described, abbreviated, ambiguous or left-out altogether. As a result this over-simplified view of Karatedo has become sacrosanct in the majority of Karatedo dojo and the public all over the world.
For example, take Itosu’s idea (and many other contemporary teachers during his era) that Kata was the “essence” of Karatedo and that by adopting this stance it allowed him a means of instructing large groups of students. This dim-witted point of view distils Karatedo down to its simplest notion and negates much of the requisite training methods, conditioning, techniques and person-hours necessary that go into mastery.