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Another Motobu Inspired Pad Drill

In this video we look at a pad drill inspired by the two-person drills of Choki Motobu (1870–1944). Those familiar with his drills will recognise which elements we are making use of. Additionally, we can also see Motobu’s expressed combative concepts in play i.e. “Always strike from where your hand is in that moment”, “Blocking with one hand a striking with the other is not true martial arts”, etc.

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Kururunfa Bunkai: Shoulder-Lock Takedown

This short video looks at a shoulder-lock takedown from Kururunfa kata. There are number of suggested bunkai for this sequence. My critique of the more widespread ones is that some ignore the back hand, and most ignore the angle at which the kata shows the sequence. The angle at which the sequence is performed is key because it tells us that we have moved to the side of the enemy:

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More on the TRUE role of Hiki-Te (hand on the hip)

“When pulling a hand to the hip, it should be considered to have some part of the opponent in its grip. e.g. an arm, wrist or even head.” - Seikichi Toguchi

“The meaning of the hiki-te is to grab the enemy’s arm and twist and pull as much as possible in order to break the enemy’s posture” – Gichin Funakoshi

The original video can be found here: https://youtu.be/1IftIgEvnSc

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Kururunfa Bunkai: Opening Sequance

This short video looks at bunkai for the opening sequence of Kururunfa kata.

You can find the YouTube link HERE

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The Role of Karate Kihon

In this video I discuss the role of kihon within karate training. For a more detailed explanation of my thoughts, please read this article:

https://www.iainabernethy.co.uk/article/case-kihon

All the best,

Iain

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The Opening Moves of Unsu

Jesse Enkamp and I discuss the opening moves of Unsu. It was fun to make these videos! New podcast with Jesse and me coming soon! 

All the best,

Iain

PS The YouTube link is HERE

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Two Karate Throws: Pinan to the Front / Naihanchi to the Back

In this video we look at two complementary karate throws. We first look at a way of establishing a side-on grip. We then look at two throws that can be applied from that position: one if the enemy is leaning forward; the other if they are leaning backward.

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Jesse Enkamp and Iain discuss Chinto / Ganaku bunkai

Jesse Enkamp and I discussing the use of “crane-stance” in Chinto / Gankaku! This was filmed at KNX19. It was a fun event and I’m really grateful to Jesse for sharing this footage.

All the best,

Iain

PS YouTube link HERE

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Kata Bunkai with Iain Abernethy and Jesse Enkamp

Jesse Enkamp and I discuss the three keys to understanding kata bunkai! It was a fun and information dense conversation. I hope you enjoy it!

All the best,

Iain

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Bunkai for Shotokan’s Wankan

In this video we look at bunkai for Shotokan’s Wankan kata. There is another Wankan which is very different – which also goes by the name of Matsukaze in some styles – but in this video it is specifically the Shotokan version we are examining. It is a very short kata. Examining the bunkai, we see a core theme of distributing posture in various way in order to get the enemy to fall; as well as what to do if they don’t fall. As always, a short clip can never cover things in detail, nor can it cover how what is shown fits within the wider training matrix.

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