The Value of Bunkai, or Martial Arts Technique Training

I recently came across a chat in which martial artists questioned the value of bunkai.

Bunkai are techniques, specifically in Karate, but certainly not limited to karate, which are taken from forms (kata) and practiced.

The arguments were that these were unreal situations, that they didn’t resemble real world fighting.

Now, as in most of these types of things, the people were split, half and half, on the value of training through the application of techniques from forms.