Yes yes, I have watched Iain's take on it, that is actually how I first found out about this crazy thing you guys have going on here :D
But I'm going for something a little different.
I don't see my instructor for over a year now, we still talk occasionally but with the constant lock downs in my city and all the other stuff going on, to actually get together and train was not viable at all.
I tried to talk with him already about this more practical approach to bunkai and I think I failed miserably in showing anything meaningful. Using Iain's method, I'm planing on preparing a proper demonstration of bunkai for the kata Gekisai for when we get back to the dojo.
So.... I think my first problem is that I need to create a more "traditional" storytelling of the kata to get him engaged and I believe Gekisai is a good candidate for that since you can easily separate it in two perfectly symmetrical sequences, opening to the left or to the right defines with path to proceed.
I will definitely be using Iain's opening, but in a more structured manner. Thanks to my wife's help, I was able to imagine a credible sequence for the second part. And I'm waiting on my instructor for some details regarding the "old way" of doing the closing sequence.
In the meantime, what I'm really struggling with are the two first transitions.
If you never seen this kata, there are variations on YouTube and all are fairly similar: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=gekisai+kata+goju+ryu
The first transition is after the Gedan Barai, it's my working hypothesis that the adversary recovered from the first sequence and they do something that makes us keep turning with a Uti Uke and "finishes" with a second uti uke as a grasp to the collar. My wife's natural reaction was to use a hook, but it looks very clumsy considering we are low and away after the gedan barai and a uti uke is not very useful against a hook to the face regardless.
The second sequence is just before the Ashi Barai and Iain's take on it is that you just slide to the opponent side and if they don't fall you push. But I was just able to reproduce the results as a static application, once I placed it in the sequence, it was difficult to position myself AND carry my wife's foot on the way to the side.
What also bothered me is that using that application on a sequence, the adversary stays passive for a very long time. So I'm wandering if we could create something else for this transition and I can't imagine anything that could make us lift our leg in that manner and than go for a stomp from the side.
I don't have a way to record myself for now, it would make this whole explanation much easier, sorry for that!
Anyone willing to take a chance in this experiment???