On Sunday the 28th of November 2021 I will be teaching a kata bunkai / practical karate seminar in Maldon, Essex!
At this seminar we will be exploring the application of Wanshu / Empi kata! Wanshu is said to be a record of the fighting methods of a Chinese martial artist and diplomat who visited the Tomari region of Okinawa in the 17th century and taught the martial artists in the area while he was there. He was known for his skilled footwork and is said to have thrown a partner into a water trough during a demonstration (all of which would seem to be recorded in the kata). Gichin Funakoshi renamed the kata “Empi” (Swallow) because the changes in height during one of the core sequences resembled the flight of a swallow. At this seminar we will cover the striking, trapping, grappling and takedowns recorded in this kata.
The seminar will run from 11:00 to 15:00 and will take place at Blackwater Leisure Center, Park Drive, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5UR. The cost will be £35. Please contact Lee Mullan via firstname.lastname@example.org or 07720 258658 for further details.