I've got to say that nearly everything you contribute knocks our system, you mock our kihon (basic training), our Kumite (sparring) and our Kata, why are you on this forum.
Stolen from another thread and not attributed: the attribution is not important because the essence of the argument is the point, not the comments nor the authors.
The winds of change are constant in karate. At the beginning of the 20th century Itosu and Funakoshi introduced the concept of "group training" (with very distinct contributions by "Sergeant" Yabu Kentsu) and we saw development of line drills marching up and down the floor. Prior to that karate was usually a sort of "one on one" effort. In the 40s and 50s we saw the introduction of "sport karate" and that was fully developed over the next few decades through the wonderful efforts of the JKA (give the men credit where credit really is due). Mr. Nishiyama and his generation also developed the idea of "technical expertise", taking the study of karate into the realm of science (some of it good, some of it not so good). Then along came all the other martial arts to compete for market shares: Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Aikido, American Freestyle, Thai Kick-Boxing and so on. Some of those styles were almost purely technical and almost mystical, while others were so brutal and simple minded that they hardly justified the term "martial art". All of this brought us to where we are now.
Many very senior and outspoken instructors decry and denigrate the standard "JKA Bog Training": kihon done against air in line drills, kata done in repetitions to perfect outward form, kumite done as a game of dangerous tag. The ongoing opinion is that the "Standard JKA Bog Training" is great for form, useless for fighting. I would like to propose another approach: the point of standard training should be perfection of form in application. Is this an obvious statement? Not to many people and I am not sure that anyone has thought much about how that would work out. Obviously we would need to train with resistance frequently to satisfy the nay-sayers, but we would have to remain focused on the fundamental perfection of form that typifies JKA style training. How can one split the difference? Look at a simple class for oy-tsuki.
Train ten minutes against air, drilling the detail, trying to generate the power of the punch from the body movement rather than the arms ("from the floor"). Progress from slow speed to full speed with kiai
Train ten minutes using the "horse in harness" method: one partner hooks his belt around the waist of the other and provides appropriate resistance as the student steps forward. The net effect is to take the emphasis off the upper body and place it down onto the legs. Greater preassure will emphasize stance, transition and drive.
Train fifteen minutes as partners on standard kihon gohon kumite: one partner is learning to punch against a target, the other is catching the time for his blocks. Takoshuku University uses Gohon kumite to warm up, all done at full speed and with real intent to hit. Visitors to that program freely admit that Gohon kumity is lethal the way those lads do it an not for the faint of heart. If you want you could introduce the idea of broken rhythm here by using a broken count for some of the drilling (as well as many repetitions without count whatsoever) If you want you could train Tai Sabaki as well: have the opponent step off line at various points in the 5 step attack and counter.
Train (ten minutes)against pads using only step-in punch. This is a real test: has anyone ever seriously trained makiwara punching using oy-tsuki only? It feels much different from the standard gyaku-tsuki we are comfortable with and believe me, you need almost perfect distancing to land a technically perfect oy-tsuki against a makiwara with real force.
Train fifteen minutes in free-sparring but one students must use stepping-in punch as part of every attacking combination. They may do anything to set the punch up (including a feint with a lead-hand jab) but they must attempt to use the stepping-in oy-tsuki as part of every combination, with the goal of landing at least one ippon-worthy punch in every match.
So here I am: a one hour karate class training "Standard JKA Bog Training" (BTW: I am not sure what the "bog" means: I think it may be derogatory) of which only one sixth was spent "air" training and the rest was against resistance, a target or an opponent. I did not depart in the least from standard training, every drill is something we likely have all done many times before and all the skills developed likely can be converted to real combat skills.