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.

Iain Abernethy's picture

The votes are in! Pick from the final three!

THE FINAL THREE! As you know, we have decided to take a collective look at a given kata sequence. We asked for suggestions, and asked people to vote on those suggestions. The votes are now in!

The three most popular pieces of kata that people wish to see analysed are the following:

1 - The opening move of bassai-sho (ends legs crossed, hand open and arms forming a "square")

http://youtu.be/kLjbEyvvufg?t=20s

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Team Bunkai Activate! Time to make suggestions and vote!

TEAM BUNKAI ACTIVATE! OK, so earlier in the week I put forward the idea of us all taking a collective look at a kata sequence democratically selected by our community. People seem to be really on board with this idea so I thought I should strike while the iron is hot! If you missed the originally post, please follow this web link for more details:

http://iainabernethy.co.uk/content/practical-karate-kata-bunkai-needs-you-ive-had-thought

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Drew Loto's picture

Pinan Yondan's "White Crane Spreads Its Wings"

Here is a video of a Tai Chi practitioner demonstrating applications for the White Crane Spreads Its Wings posture.  This posture is found in the Pinan Yondan form, and is often viewed as a transitioning movement into some sort of subsequent offensive or defensive technique.  In my view, the posture tends to be a clearing of a limb (with the lower hand), while the upper hand performs some sort of slapping or raking movement to a vulnerable area of the opponent's face.  

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Practical Karate / Kata Bunkai Needs You! (I've had a thought)

Hi All,

I’ve had a thought! Recently on here, quite a few people have been sharing really good videos showcasing their thoughts and research on various kata application sequences. This got me thinking …

One thing we could do is pick a sequence from a given kata and then we all (or at least all of us who wish to participate) have a think, do our research, apply our personal processes and then share (in video) some of our own personal thoughts. This would then create a “bunkai library” for that sequence which would be freely accessible to all.

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Jack Slack's picture

Kata in the Modern World: Seipai 2.0

Hey guys, 

Long time lurker, second time poster. I write for Fightland and cover combat sports and martial arts. Some of you might have seen my previews and breakdowns of most UFC events. Most of the time I'm talking about boxing or kickboxing technique and martial arts strategy overall, but sometimes I get the chance to throw in a karate piece, which I love!

My Study in Saifa was posted here a while ago, this article is basically a follow up with the idea that formal, ritualized movements can be adapted to more commonplace, realistic scenarios.

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Wastelander's picture

The Taiji Take on Naihanchi

So, every now and then, I like to search YouTube using kanji/kana instead of English, just to see what I might otherwise be missing out on. Since I don't speak/read Japanese, except for a few words/phrases, I'm pretty limited when it comes to making use of Japanese material, but Google Translate does help. Over the weekend, I searched for ナイハンチ, which is the katakana for Naihanchi, and I came across this hidden gem:

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Iain Abernethy's picture

White Crane Boxing and Sanchin (video)

Here is an interesting TV program on white crane kung-fu (Baihequan Fujian White Crane Boxing) from Chinese TV. You’ll be pleased to know that it has English subtitles! :-)

Of particular interest to those who practice Goju-Ryu, Shito-Ryu, Uechi-ryu, etc will be the discussion on White Crane’s Sanchin starting at 18:25. There is also an interesting section at 28:30 on the various theories of origin of White Crane Boxing. I hope you enjoy it and thank to Stuart Squire for sharing.

All the best,

Iain

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Mark B's picture

Application for opening sequence of Passai

Here's a quick application for the opening sequence of Passai.  This Oyho is working from pushing energy,  it works equally well on the inside of the combative engagement

All the best

Mark

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Mark B's picture

Application for opening sequence of Jitte

Hi all

Here's one of my Oyho for the opening sequence of Jitte, concerned with closing the combative range against hook punches

All the best

Mark

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Chatan1979's picture

Tekki/Naihanchi Nidan Application

Here is a short application for a sequence found in Naihanchi Nidan. I know the Nidan and Sandan of Naihanchi are not studied by all , but I feel they have some useful applications. 

Thanks for watching!

Sal

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