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Mark B
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Open session of "old style" Okinawan Karate - Jion kata

On the 26th of October I will be running an open session of "old style" Okinawan karate with influence from Fujian White Crane Kung Fu at my dojo in Halifax. 

Okinawan Karate kata Jion as practiced in the "old style" should be viewed as a "gutter fighting" system to quickly and efficiently end a violent physical conflict.  To this end I will share the two person drills,  pad exercises and Bunkai Oyho which I practice to inform the kata.

By the end of the session attendees will understand how to fluidly apply principles and techniques from Jion by understanding and utilising your opponents energy to produce a highly functional system for close quarter skirmishing for which I believe kata were originally intended. 

The session will once again cost £10 for four hours training, 10am-2pm

I have had the honour of a 100% take up of places from the people who attended my recent Naihanchi open session,  so places are limited.

If anyone is interested then please email me - markbonner1@hotmail.co.uk upon which I will give the address for the session. Alternatively you can PM me on this forum.

Regards, Mark

Iain Abernethy
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Mark’s stuff is very practical and direct and I heard very good things about his Naihanchi sessions. I’m sure that this session on Jion will also be a not to be missed!

All the best,

Iain

Mark B
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Hi Iain many thanks once again for your kind words and support , it is much appreciated. All the best Mark

MBaross
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Hi Mark, thought i would thank you for todays training at ur dojo, a great introduction to Jitte kata made me more wanting ur seminar for Jion 

if any of you are undersided on if coming i would say it is well worth the time ive traveled from hull this morning and was well worth the time thank you see you soon mate 

Mark B
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Hi Mike,

Thanks for that. You did make a decent journey for 90 minutes training and I'm extremely honoured. 

I'm very glad you enjoyed the session. As I wrote on my Facebook page the key to good Bunkai Oyho is often in the Uke, and I don't mean the type that is totally compliant, even the daftest, most intricate Oyho work with that type of Uke.  They need to give some fairly proper resistant energy (once the application is learned) to truly recreate the energy of conflict. You obviously share that opinion and your karate  mirrors that, training with you was a pleasure.  You did well with the Jitte stuff, and the kakie and Muchimi exercises. 

II'll look forward to seeing you in October for my Jion seminar,  you're welcome at my dojo anytime.

Thanks

Mark B
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Hi all,

Here are some rough and ready clips which give an example of my take on Jion. The visual and sound quality is poor, the recordings were done very quickly during a regular session. Each application shown is one of a few for the relevant sequences. 

 

 

I post them here, rather than in the kata application section as a support for my seminar.

All the best

AndyC
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Nice work Mark! Looking forward to coming up in October.

Mark B
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Thanks Andy. Like I said , rough and ready , all done in one quick take. See you in October :-)

Iain Abernethy
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Isn’t YouTube great! So much better to show a video rather than trying to explain in words. Thanks for adding those Mark.

All the best,

Iain

Mark B
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Thanks Iain hopefully it gives a better idea of what I do. I think it's important to stress that the video clips don't address the "what ifs" and continuation options , nor do they show the nuances or lessons to be learnt "inside" each application , but as you said -better than trying to describe things in words. All the best Mark