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Pinan Sandan Arm Bar Escape (video)

It is my view view that the Pinan / Heian series records a complete combative system. It is also my view that the kata present the techniques in the order they should be learnt and studied.

Among other things, Pinan Shodan (Heian Nidan) teach us how to control the enemy's limbs. Pinan Nidan (Heian Shodan) builds on that and teaches how to both lock the enemy’s limbs and escape from attempts to manipulate our own limbs. Having learnt those skills, the sequence shown in this clip (from Pinan Sandan) gives us an alternate counter should the previous ones fail.

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Striking from a seated postion (video)

This video show extracts of a session on striking from non-ideal positions. In this clip you can see some of the drills and exercises for striking from a seated position. This included being approached from the front, and from the side (as you would be in a car, bus, train, etc). The video also shows some examples of how we can use dialogue to create an opening for a strike in order to escape from danger.

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Jion Kata Bunkai (video)

This video shows a selection of bunkai for the first third of Jion kata. It also shows how the motions can be combined into a Jion flow drill. As is normally the case, the motions further on in the kata are meant to interlink with those that have come before. It’s not possible to explain the entirety of this process of interaction in a short clip like this, but nevertheless it is touched upon.

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Transition drill with partner and pads (video)

During an intensive residential course in March 2015 we covered a number of transition drills. These are drills to get the student used to flowing from technique to technique in such a way that dominance is maintained. This drill includes head-butting, kneeing, groin-kicking, palm heels, slaps and dropping hammer-fists.

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Shisochin Bunkai (video)

This video looks at bunkai for a few sections of Shisochin kata. In particular, we look at the “signature sequence” of Shisochin both as it appears towards the start of the kata and with the additional entries and exits found toward the end. As part of this we also cover the bunkai for the “rising double elbow” and the end turn.

This video was filmed at a residential course in February 2015. This short clip does obviously not show all of the instruction, but we nevertheless hope you find it interesting and of value.

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Naihanchi / Tekki-Shodan Limb Control Flow Drill (video)

This video shows a slow motion, and practise speed, demonstration of a limb-control flow drill for Naihanchi / Tekki Shodan kata. The early part of the video was a short demonstration, given by Lee Taylor and myself, so that karateka at a residential course could take a little footage to act as an aid to memory. It is not intended to be an instructional clip, but as an aide-mémoire for those who had just learnt the drill.

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Kururunfa Flow Drill (video)

This video shows a flow drill for the first half of Kururunfa kata. It was filmed during a class at a four day residential course in February 2015. This part of the kata primarily concentrates on controlling the enemy’s limbs in order to limit their striking options whist creating openings for your own strikes.

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Basic Karate Gripping (video)

This video looks as some basic karate grips and gripping techniques. It was filmed during a two-day seminar in Germany in February 2015. Karate is primarily a striking system, however it also includes a great many grappling techniques; as found within the kata and as recorded in old texts such as The Bubishi, Gichin Funakoshi’s Karate-Do Kyohan, Kenwa Mabuni’s Karate-Do Nyumon, etc.

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Passai / Bassai-Dai Bunkai: Gichin Funakoshis Ude Wa & Ebi Gatame

This footage shows a small part of a Passai / Bassai-Dai bunkai drill which was taught over two full days at a seminar in the Netherlands. The techniques in this clip show a throw and hold; both of which were referred to in the writings of Shotokan founder Gichin Funakoshi.

The throw is “Ude-Wa” (arm-ring) which Funakoshi shows in his book, Karate-Do Kyohan. The following submission hold – which was shown as an interesting aside to the wider drill – is called “Ebi-Gatame” (shrimp-hold) and was referred to by Gichin Funakoshi in his book, Karate-Do: My Way of Life.

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Kushanku / Kanku-Dai Bunkai: End Throw (video)

This short video shows bunkai for the end movement of Kushanku (Kanku-Dai). This variation applies to the “both arms up” version. The “one arm up” version can be applied in the same way, but the enemy would be thrown to the side in the direction of the hiki-te (hand that is down).

The throw is an advanced one (for application in self-protection) which is why, I would suggest, it is the final movement of the kata.

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