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.

Les Bubka's picture

Pinan Sono Yon/Heian Yondan - Opening Section

Hi all

On yesterday’s session we went through pre –emptive application for opening of Pinan Yondan. Sometimes we feel that the conversation with angry drunk lad in the pub wills end with a fight, therefore we take action straight when feel threaten in this case it was Martin (not drunk) reaching with his hands up, my job was to get to his head before those arms will get me. This is a learning stage so there is not much resistance, later on we remove compliance.

Kind regards


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Wastelander's picture

Naihanchi Shodan vs "Hockey Punches"

Hello, everyone!
I know that the last time I used the phrase "hockey punches," I taught some people a new phrase, but it's back! :P

This time, we're taking a look at using the opening of Naihanchi Shodan to deal with someone grabbing you to give themselves a handhold to control, and an index to strike, both in the open and against a wall.

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dhogsette's picture

Review of Four Basic Gedan Uke Applications


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Mulberry4000's picture

Ju no kata

I love this kata what do you think of it etc

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Paul_L's picture

A Few Thoughts On A Mabuni Quote

This post doesn't have any specific aim, rather it is just a few thoughts I had after reading something that Mabuni wrote regarding Kata and Bunkai. Really I just wanted to see if anyone else wanted to share and maybe add some clarity to what is a disporadic collection thoughts. 

I imagine that this is not the first time that anyone has seen this quote, so I am not putting out as a great find or anything like that.

For a very short lived publication called Karate Research Mabuni wrote a few articles, one of which contained the following:

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Wrong Bunkai


I was approached the other day by one of my Students who is a Black Belt and whom I have teaching Heian Godan Bunkai. He has been training at another club in our association which they can do. One of their Black Belts went over Heian Godan and my student proceeded to do the version I had shown him. He was told that my version would not work and is wrong.

The version I showed him was the Block, punch and neck crank that Iain has shown on his app, videos etc. This is the first section of Godan.

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Paul_L's picture

Initiative In Kata

In Wado Ryu there is a priciple regarding initiative which I am sure people already know, but I will list them anyway:

Go No Sen – “Late Initiative.” Accepting and blocking an attack and countering after.

Sen No Sen – Meeting an attack with a simultaneous counter.

Sen Sen No Sen – “First Initiative.” Anticipating an attack and acting pre-emptively.

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Bunkai/Applications for Tekki-Nidan / Naihanchi-Nidan

Hi everybody,

recently after a training session we tried to find some practical applications for the kata Tekki-Nidan aka Naihanchi-Nidan. This is what we came up with.

The purpose of the video is that we can remember what we did. It is not ment for instruction. Anyway I thought, I'd share our ideas, in case somebody might find them useful. :)

All the best,


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Chatan1979's picture

Empi kata application

Hi all, 

I'm sharing a video put together of a good friend of mine teaching a seminar on Empi. His channel has a lot of very practical and efffective kata application.






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Paul_L's picture

Kata - Chinese Roots but Un-Chinese Applications


I have just joined but could not see a welcome section, so I will introduce myself here. Konbanwa!

I practice Wado Ryu as well as a mixed martial art based on Wing Chun with a bit of Shotokan thrown in; the two martial arts the instructor practices.

I have started to find that with the more Chinese based techniques I learn a lot of my Wado Ryu starts to make more sense. It occured to me the other day that many Kata orginate from Chinese martial arts, but often the applications that are commonly taught are very Un-Chinese-like (un-Kung Fu like).

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