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Pinan Godan / Heian Godan Throw (video)

This clip looks at the shoulder throw found in Pinan / Heian Godan, the following shoulder lock, and a variation on the throw. It was filmed in the dojo yesterday.

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Jion Bunkai in Stuttgart (video)

This is a piece of footage of taken at a seminar in Stuttgart, Germany on the 18th of June 2011. On the day we looked at bunkai for Jion kata and this clip shows an application for the sequence in the Shotokan version involving the age-ukes, two gaku-zukis, and one oi-zuki.

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Pad Drill: Palm-heel, Slap, Hammer-Fist (video)

Hi All,

A simple drill filmed at the end of training last week. This one involves a palm-heel, a slap and a hammer-fist (all generally under practised techniques) in a short sequence that utilises forward drive, rotation and dropping. We hope you find it useful!

All the best,

Iain

PS If you’d prefer to watch it on YouTube please click HERE

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Pad Drill: React, Regain & Impact (video)

Hi All,

Here is a quick pad work drill we filmed at the end of training last week. It a simple one that involves reacting, regaining the initiative, hitting while the enemy drops forward, and a low hook to the head to finish. We hope you enjoy working with it!

All the best,

Iain

PS If you'd prefer to watch the video on YouTube please click HERE

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"Modern Iai" / Punching from Chair (video)

At this class we had been practising “restricted punching” from sitting, kneeling and lying positions. It is quite common in traditional Japanese arts for people to practise techniques from kneeling and other culturally appropriate positions.

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Live Multiple Opponent Drills (video)

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Kanku-Dai / Kushanku Bunkai Drill - Opening Moves (video)

Here is a drill for the opening motions of Kushanku / Kanku-Dai. This video was filmed at a seminar in Scotland in June 2011.

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Chinto / Gankaku Bunkai - End Spin (video)

Here is a clip taken from my Bunkai-Jutsu 5 DVD which covers Chinto / Gankaku kata. This particular clip shows the application for the end spin.

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Extreme Impact Padwork Combinations (video)

Here are a couple of combinations for you to try! We filmed this at the end of a recent training session and these are two of the set drills we did in that session. The key is efficient transitions between technique and adapting for distance. The combinations should be done with maximum intent such that you hold nothing back. If you are performing the combinations with enough intent, aggression and dynamism you should find it difficult to get beyond 10 to 12 good repetitions.

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Pinan Godan Bunkai (video)

Here is a clip of me teaching some bunkai for the opening sequence of Pinan Godan. As I’m sure you know, the angle in the kata tells us the angle we need to be at in relationship to the enemy. The ninety degree angle at the start of the kata therefore tells us to shift to the side of the enemy (away from his free hand) and then to apply the kata.

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