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Kururunfa Flow Drill (video)

This video shows a flow drill for the first half of Kururunfa kata. It was filmed during a class at a four day residential course in February 2015. This part of the kata primarily concentrates on controlling the enemy’s limbs in order to limit their striking options whist creating openings for your own strikes.

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Basic Karate Gripping (video)

This video looks as some basic karate grips and gripping techniques. It was filmed during a two-day seminar in Germany in February 2015. Karate is primarily a striking system, however it also includes a great many grappling techniques; as found within the kata and as recorded in old texts such as The Bubishi, Gichin Funakoshi’s Karate-Do Kyohan, Kenwa Mabuni’s Karate-Do Nyumon, etc.

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Passai / Bassai-Dai Bunkai: Gichin Funakoshis Ude Wa & Ebi Gatame

This footage shows a small part of a Passai / Bassai-Dai bunkai drill which was taught over two full days at a seminar in the Netherlands. The techniques in this clip show a throw and hold; both of which were referred to in the writings of Shotokan founder Gichin Funakoshi.

The throw is “Ude-Wa” (arm-ring) which Funakoshi shows in his book, Karate-Do Kyohan. The following submission hold – which was shown as an interesting aside to the wider drill – is called “Ebi-Gatame” (shrimp-hold) and was referred to by Gichin Funakoshi in his book, Karate-Do: My Way of Life.

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Kushanku / Kanku-Dai Bunkai: End Throw (video)

This short video shows bunkai for the end movement of Kushanku (Kanku-Dai). This variation applies to the “both arms up” version. The “one arm up” version can be applied in the same way, but the enemy would be thrown to the side in the direction of the hiki-te (hand that is down).

The throw is an advanced one (for application in self-protection) which is why, I would suggest, it is the final movement of the kata.

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Kanku-Dai / Kushanku Throw and Joint-Attack (video)

This video was filmed at a seminar in Norway in January 2015. Over the weekend we covered applications and drills for the whole of Kushanku / Kanku-Dai. This clip looks predominately at the joint attack following the throw toward the end of the form. The throw had obviously been taught previously and is hence the mechanics and nature of it are only refereed to briefly in this particular clip.

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Naihanchi / Tekki Basic Clinch Bunkai & Drills (video)

This video looks at some aspects of the clinch bunkai of Naihanchi / Tekki. It was filmed at a three-day seminar in North Carolina in December 2014. As is always the case with these short videos, it can’t possibly capture the whole methodology and needs to be viewed on that basis. The seminar covered many other clinch techniques and related live drills, of which this clip was part.

If you would like to know more about this aspect of Naihanchi / Tekki Shodan then I would direct you towards the DVD “Beyond Bunkai” which covers the related unscripted, semi-live drills for the kata.

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Pinan / Heian Godan Start and Various Follow-Ups (video)

This video was filmed when I was teaching in Norway in November 2014. It looks at bunkai for the first seven movements of the form, and suggests some alternative follow-ups. Following the neck-crank, we could elbow the face (as suggested by the kata), we could execute what Gichin Funakoshi called the Byobu Daoshi throw – more commonly known as O-Soto-Gari – and, away from a self-defence context, we could even scoop the lead leg. The video shows these three options.

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Saifa Bunkai: Opening Sequance (video)

In November 2014 we had an online vote on which kata sequence we should collectively explore. Several hundred people voted and the opening motion of Saifa was the winner.

There has been loads of great contributions from people all over the globe. Here is our offering.

Saifa is not a kata my group practises, but today (22nd of November 2014) I took the sequence to the dojo and we spent 10 minutes at the end of the class collectively exploring the possible uses for the motion.

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Gojushiho Sho and Dai Bearhugs Escapes (video)

This video looks at some bear hug escapes from Gojushiho-Sho and Gojushiho-Dai. It is my view that the two kata often complement each other and in this instance we can see complementary examples of bear hug escapes. The kata is not showing a sole recommend way to escape a grip from the front, but instead an illustration of the kind of things that should be practised i.e. an illustration of concept. Variations and adapting to the ever changing dynamics of self-defence should be an inherent part of the process.

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Pinan / Heian Godan Bunkai & Variation (video)

This video covers bunkai for the juji-uke sequence of Pinan Godan / Heian Godan, and a variation on that sequence. It was filmed in Denmark at a seminar in November 2014.

It is always important to remember that every kata motion is essentially an illustration of principle. It is not the technique that is the end result; it the integration of the principles encapsulated by the bunkai of the technique that is of greater importance. That way the methodology of the kata can be applied in a habitual / intuitive way regardless of specific circumstance.

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