When learning something new, whether it be Kihon, Kata, or Kumite, the basic rule to learning it correctly is through controlling your technique. After you learn the premise of control and form, then one can execute the technique to penetrate through one's defense or opening through creation. From day one ~ If you took 2 guys with the same level of natural ability, and taught them with opposite approaches, their techniques would be drastically different. The student taught to relax first and focus on form and control will achieve natural and efficient techniques, versus the guy taught to strike and make contact will have more noticeable and telegraphed techniques, because of incorrect linkage within the body. The first student will usually be the one to attack explosively without telegraphing, which results in optimal speed and power. On the other hand, the latter is usually the student wondering why he/she can never reach their opponent, no matter how hard they try.
Sorry Kyle but I strongly disagree - you seem to be forgetting that there's normally a lot of the rest of the beginners syllabus that's entirely devoted to devoloping the correct form for both stepping forward Oi-Tsuki and stepping back Age-Uke that you seem to be referring to and that is IMO where and when what you are talking about should be developed - as well as proper distance stepping to punch to target - well before Sanbon or Gohon-Ippon Kumite is even attempted with a live target.
Absolutely right Jim ,it is in drills like Gohon kumite that the student should put their skills to practical use , meaning that students should do their best to make their kumite meaningful and with intent .
Gohon kumite 's aim is so clear , I am going to step in with chudan oi-zuki and try and hit you , you know what is coming and you step back and block my punch and counter ( only if your block was successful) , my front foot should land just inside your front foot ,that way my punch would be in range . I will do my best to explode into the technique to hit the target ,your job is to avoid and block and counter
this way we both gain something from this exercise .
Karate is a martial art ,end of the day there is a purpose to learn self defence and develop our skills in a steady but meaningful training and get corrected along the way by our instructor . I assume 99% of people buying instructional videos do so to compliment their dojo training and not learning karate entirely from a book or a video tape so the argument that this video is aimed at beginners with little karate skills is not valid IMO .