Kata Application

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Nijushiho - Integrated Applications

This week I finally got round to shooting a series of videos on a range of different topics.

This video is an attempt to shoot the whole of Nijushiho in one take, showing how all the movements of the form can relate to a particular interpretation of the opening sequence. Sorry about the squeaky floor!

I had great fun shooting this with Dan White, I hope you enjoy watching it.

All the best

John Titchen

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Kevin73's picture

Article by Jesse: secret meaning of heian/pinan

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MCM180's picture

Kata designed for wannabe-MMA enemies?

Hi all,

Sorry to crash the forum so much so early on...but I find this a fascinating area of contemplation...and the forum is peopled by good folks.

I'm curious whether there's a need for a kata designed for the kind of enemy we're likely to face in a world that has seen massive popularity of MMA. My guess is that in most of the parts of the world that have TV or youtube, the average drunk-in-a-bar or punk-in-the-street has seen some MMA fighting and probably thinks he can do some of the techniques (ground fighting, chokes, etc.).

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Naihanchi Nidan Application (rolling elbow/shuto/punch)

In this week's Waza Wednesday, we demonstrate an application for the rolling elbow, shuto-uchi (sword hand strike), and mawashi-tsuki (turning punch) sequence in Naihanchi Nidan. We show it being used when someone grabs your wrists, as well as against a punch, but the attack is less important than your position in relation to the attacker, the points of contact made with the attacker, and the direction of movement of the attacker.

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White belt - what to focus on during class?

Hi all,

I'm pretty much brand-new with martial arts, starting Shotokan just back in April 2015. (Pretty much brand-new to any exercise at all, I confess.) I've searched the site for "white belt" and "beginning" looking for this topic, but didn't find anything - please forgive me if it's out there and I've missed it.

Being a really white belt, I'd like some thoughts on what to focus on as I begin to study the kata and kihon.

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Gedan Barai wrist release and take down.

Please explain what is right and what is wrong with this application

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Tau's picture

Pinan/Heian Godan Opening Sequence

This technique was filmed after class this morning but was put together as the opening of my session for the recent Bunkai Bash. My theme for my Bash session was rotational armlocks, picking examples from several kata. This was a good place to start since we considered the reality of attacks.

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Heian Nidan Applications for MT and Self-Def

My senior student / business partner and I are attending one of Iain's seminars in two weeks, so it seemed like a good time to stop lurking and start participating. My background is in Tang Soo Do and Muay Thai, I'd never done kata with a thought to application (we focused more on sparring, just did the kata for tests). When I opened my own dojo I started exploring the roots of karate. After discovering Iain's videos and essays on the Pinan series, I went on a deep dive and ended up totally changing my curriculum.

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Hiki uke

When this 'block' is performed during training the 'inactive' hand is (sometimes) placed at the sternum and the neko ashi dachi is assumed at the end of the technique. Why?

Any thoughts?

All the best


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YAY! Interesting Kyokushin bunkai!

Hello all! It has been many years since I've posted something here. Anyways, I found a website in which bunkai for Kyokushin kata is explained. The website is by Howard Collins who appeared in the movie "Fighting Black Kings/Shijo Saikyo no Karate", a movie about the first Kyokushin world tournament. He used to represent the UK branch. Here is a link to the page containing the bunkai:


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