I massively enjoy those videos you all are posting, so today its my turn.
My teacher Siggi Kötz and I developed a set of drills for all the Heian/Pinan Gata to make the Kata training a bit more efficient and intensive. We finally managed to record two of our drills, both for Heian/Pinan Sandan and I hope you'll enjoy them.
My son was kind enough to stay after tonight and record some notes on the things we covered in class. This is a compliant, non resistant exploration of posture and movement. It's just a record of taking time to explore a chunk of kata. Just think, this is one movement of one kata. I really still marvel at the depth and possibility in kata.
The application of self defence techniques which are interpreted from the kata need to be very simple and very quick for it to be of any use in the “real world”, the more complex the techniques or movements the less likely it is going to be successful.
Against a compliant or even a semi-compliant attacker you maybe able to pull it off, however, against a totally non compliant attacker who is actually trying to hit and hurt you it is very difficult indeed.
There are cresent kicks in some Shorin-ryu Kushanku and in wado-ryu Seisan. What is the purpose of these? I have found, even performing the cresent kicks that, they are akward, slow, lack power even at lower heights, and to quote Geoff Thompson, from his book "Real Kicking" "Hightly decorative, highly impractical (sorry); I have to say that I'm of a similar mindset" I often see silly applications that result in using cresent kicks to knock weapons out of the attackers hand, but I've pressure tested this and usually it ends up with you getting stabbed several times, in the leg, but I co
I've been seeing some discussions elsewhere about applications for gedan barrai, lately, and decided to record and share one that I like using in conjunction with a tsuki of some kind--a very common combination of techniques across a wide variety of styles and kata. Of course, you could replace the shotei-tsuki I used with any other strike you prefer that fits the situation.
I think that most karate masters, old timey japanese guys from the 20th century did not know the applications of the kata that they were teaching. I just got done watching a three part documentary on Mastubayashi Shorin-ryu karate. This documentary was created by Takayoshi Nagamine, who was, until he died, 10th dan, and headmaster of that style. He begin his training with his father, Shoshin Nagamine, who founded Mastubayashi Shorin-ryu, at the age of 6. His father was taught by Motobu, Kyan, and a whole bunch of other well-known Okinanwan karate-ka. Anyway, his credentials are top-not
I found these series of videos while looking for some alternative bunkai for the pinan kata. I found this gentleman's interpretations elegant. The videos for Shodan and on can be found on the side bar. The only thing I disagree with, and maybe someone can shed light on this and perhaps I can see some light is defence against wrist grabs. I've always been taught that if someone is stupid enough to get close enough to grab your wrist your only response should be to punch them in the face, or other vunerable target rather than attempt any of the more complex, and I use that word loosely, m
Something as a bit of fun: I have an intellectual exercise for those who make use of firearms in training. We’ve loads of kata for “historic weaponry”, but, as far as I am aware, nothing for modern handguns. If there is something out there? If not, we may have the opportunity to create an entirely new type of kata :-)
The idea came to me from four sources. Firstly, there is this scene from the film “Equilibrium”. Obviously this is movie based fantasy, and this is not what I’m suggesting!