I noticed that on the Wikipedia page for "Karate" there's a line that states: "Bunkai is a useful tool to understand a kata". A rather seemingly inocuous line yet it leads me to a deeper question which has probably been discussed here before: (1) What came first - Kata or Bunkai?
This flow drill utilizes applications from a number of katas including Kanku Dai, Heian Yondan, Heian Godan, Chinte and Gankaku. The uke is semi-compliant in that he covers up from attacks but does not attempt any attacks on his own. The drill teaches a means to flow into 'backup plans' when attacks fail. Not explained in the video is the throw at the end which comes from Kanku Dai. I've borrowed many of the applications shown in this video from Iain's work.
This week's Waza Wednesday takes a look at the uppercut motions from Passai, but it isn't so much about showing people a new technique--I would guess that most people have learned it, even if they practice super basic, "3K style" applications. The point of this is really to illustrate how a technique can be applied much more broadly than against a single attack by looking at the concepts behind it.
Here is our latest video just uploaded to you tube. The drill was taught during a recent seminar I was asked to teach for my friends at Atherstone Karate Club. The drill encompasses some associated pairwork for the Pinan Shodan Kata in one flow drill. This clip was filmed as a refresher for those that attended on the day. One the day we delved deeper into subjects such as the angles taken and the reason behind trapping / clearing limbs to facilitate strikes.
As few people have asked me to record more training and execution of our fifth stage of technique development, we have recorded oyo bunkai to nukite with the turn from Pinan Sandan(kyokushin version) hope you will enjoy it. In the first part Martin is unaware of what I will do and can counter attack and throw.
The last weekend of October was the annual Cal-South Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan International Martial Arts Camp in Winterhaven, CA, which we regularly attend. While we were there, we took a moment to record an "on the road" edition of Waza Wednesday, to take a look at a simple takedown from Pinan Shodan and Kusanku. I'm sure this will be fairly familiar to a number of people here, but it's still a fun one