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Chuck Norris’s Chun Kuk Do’s Kong Sang Koon (video)

This video shows a few clips from my session on the applications of Kong Sang Koon at Chuck Norris’s UFAF ITC (United Fighting Arts Federation International Training Conference) in July 2014. It was a fantastic event and I’m very grateful to have played a part.

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Iain and Chuck Norris (video)

A very short video showing a small amount of footage from the UFAF ITC awards dinner and some photos from what was a fantastic event! It was a great to spend time with the Chun Kuk Do family and I’m very grateful to all for making me feel part of that family. It was obviously also a  great honour to have what I do recognised by Chuck Norris and to share a stage with such luminaries such as Renner Gracie, etc. I’ll share a small amount of footage from one of my sessions at the event very soon.

All the best,

Iain

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Pinan / Heian Sandan Opening Sequence (video)

In this video we look at a basic bunkai drill for the opening sequence of Pinan / Heian Sandan. This is the same drill we teach to our students when they learn the first part of the kata. To get a better understanding of the nature and purpose of such drills, and to understand where such drills fit in within the wider training methodology, please check out volumes 1 and 2 of “The Pinan / Heian Series: The Complete Fighting System” (available from the website).

All the best,

Iain

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Naihanchi / Tekki Limb-Control (video)

This video was filmed at a seminar in Finland in August 2014. It captures a small section of an examination of the use of the “reinforced block” to control the enemy’s limbs and open them up for attack. We practised this concept in a variety of drills; short sections of some of which are shown in the clip. As always, it is neither the kata, the bunkai or the drill that is important. What truly matters is the formation of combative habits in accordance with the principles encapsulated by the kata.

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Gojushiho Bunkai: Multiple Nukite Sequence (video)

In this video we look at bunkai for the multiple nukite sequence found in Gojushiho. There are a number of differing versions of this kata. The suffixes sometimes used also vary from group to group i.e. what some label as “dai” others label as “sho” (and vice-versa). This sequence should be recognisable to all those who practise the kata through; regardless of style or preferred suffix.

This sequence contains a number of potentially dangerous techniques and hence it should only be practised under the close observation of a suitably qualified and experienced instructor.

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Two-Person Passai / Bassai-Dai Drill (video)

This short video was filmed at a seminar in Kansas in June 2014. It shows a two-person drill for all the primary applications of Bassai-Dai / Passai; in the order they are presented by the kata. The purpose of such a drill is to permit time efficient practise of the bunkai and to give a direct two-person complement to the solo form of the kata. Such drills are a small part of the overall methodology however; and they are certainly not a substitute for the practise of individual techniques in complaint and non-compliant drills.

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Seienchin (Seiyunchin) bunkai (video)

This video looks at bunkai for the opening sequence of Seienchin (Seiyunchin) kata. It was filmed during a four day residential course in the UK. Seienchin (Seiyunchin) is not a kata that is part of my personal practise or teaching, but I believe that the principles of combat and kata transcend individual kata. We therefore applied the process of analysis to the kata and this is what we feel the kata is showing. I obviously defer to those who have studied the kata in the depth it deserves, but I nevertheless hope that our take on the sequence is of interest.

All the best,

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Thoughts on bunkai for Goju-Ryu / Shito-Ryu Seisan (video)

This footage was taken at a residential course in June 2014. At the course, all participants were asked what topics they would like to cover. One suggestion was the bunkai for Goju-Ryu’s Seisan. I’m not a Goju stylist and therefore Seisan is not a kata I practise or have spent much time analysing.

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Tekki-Nidan Bunkai (video)

This footage was taken at a residential course in June 2014. At the course, all participants were asked what topics they would like to cover. One suggestion was the bunkai for Shotokan’s Tekki-Nidan (Naihanchi-Nidan). I’m not a Shotokan stylist and the school I originate from only practises one version of Naihanchi. Tekki-Nidan is therefore not a kata I practise or have spent much time analysing. In preparation for the course, I familiarised myself with the kata and had some initial thoughts.

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Passai / Bassai-Dai "Reinforced Lower Blocks" Bunkai (video)

This very short clip looks at bunkai for the “elbow” followed by the three “reinforced lower blocks” found toward the end of Passai / Bassai-Dai. Commonly explained as a series of rapid “reinforced” kick blocks (such as one may need if attacked by an angry can-can dancer!), I would suggest that a more pragmatic way of viewing the move is simply striking the enemy, and then pulling them on for a second strike.

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