Kata Application

This forum is dedicated to an exchange of ideas relating to the practical application of Okinawan and Japanese kata. Increase
your understanding of kata whilst helping others to do the same.

Wastelander's picture

Passai Dai (Tawada Passai) Oyo Bunkai

This week's Waza Wednesday looks at a sequence from Passai Dai (Tawada Passai), although similar movements can be found in other kata, as well. As always, the exact attack is less important than positioning, points of contact, and direction of movement.

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Leigh Simms's picture

Video: Training Bunkai Principles with Impact without Partner

Hi Guys,

As some dojos close here in the UK over the bank holiday, I thought it is a good time to share some ideas for drilling bunkai principles with impact when you do not have partner to train with.

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Wastelander's picture

Kusanku Sho Oyo Bunkai

This week's Waza Wednesday takes a look at a sequence found in Kusanku Sho, consisting of a manji-gamae (manji posture), tetsui-uchi (hammerfist), and gyaku-tsuki (reverse punch). This application uses those movements to apply an armbar, then clear the limb for striking. We demonstrate it against a punch, but as always, positioning, points of contact, and direction of movement are more important than the specific attack.

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Michael Rust's picture

Kata a Complete Fighting System

Would if fair to say that because each Kata is a complete fighting system in their own right and because different kata's focus on different principles; however with a lot of overlapping techniques that studying one kata deep enough could arm a person with enough skills necessary to deal with any type of self defence situation ?

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JWT's picture

Heian / Pinan Sandan Opening move application

Escape to 'control entry' to throw.

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Mabuni on the commonality between bunkai and judo

Hi All,

Just doing a bit of research and read the following from Manuni’s book on Seipai:

“Kata movement is meant to be used in a real encounter as it effectively uses physical strength, respiration and vital energy to mould technique. Kata is used against an opponent’s aggression and is similar to Judo’s Kime no kata.”Kenwa Mabuni, Seipai no Kenkyu 1934

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Gojushiho Opening Sequence

It seems like it's been a Gojushiho kind of couple weeks! This week's Waza Wednesday takes a look at the opening of Gojushiho, as practiced in the Shorinkan, but other versions of this kata have similar movements. In this case, the morote-gedan-barai (double low sweep) is used to pull the attacker into a strike, and set up the armbar, which is performed with the following osae-uke/uraken-uchi (pressing receiver/backfist strike). We demonstrate against a punch, but as always, the specific attack is less important than the positioning, points of contact, and direction of movement.

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Wastelander's picture

Gojushiho Spearhand Sequence

Hello everyone,

There are many versions of Gojushiho/Useishi, but a distinctive feature of the kata is its repeated sequence of spearhand techniques--typically in conjunction with some form of osae-uke (pressing receiver). I put together this short video looking at how we perform the sequence, and a basic application for it.

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JWT's picture

Shuto Uke 2 ways

Hi

Short and sweet. An application I've been using since I first started teaching. Tips on variations in the text. Thanks to Dan White for acting as Uke.

I've recorded my double Shuto as well and will turn that into another Seventy Second Seminar.

All the best

John Titchen

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Kusanku Oyo Bunkai

Hello everyone,

This week's Waza Wednesday is an application for the sequence in Kusanku that comes right before the one-legged turn. The technique utilizes kobo ittai (attack and defense at the same time) to enter into head control in order to apply a lock, or take the opponent down and strike them. We show the technique used against a haymaker, but as always, the attack is less important than positioning, points of contact, and direction of energy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikj8e6bXhq0

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