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Jion Bunkai Opening Sequence and Drill

This short video shows bunkai for the opening motions of Jion kata:

1) The “salutation”

2) The simultaneous gedan-barai and soto-uke (aka kosa-uke)

3) The 45-degree kakiwake-uke, mae geri, sandon zuki sequence

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Six of Morinobu Itomans Karate Throws

Here is an older video recapping some of the throws (and variants) found in Morinobu Itoman’s 1934 book, “The Study of Karate Techniques”. Itoman was a police officer and wrote the book with a view to helping follow officers:

“I was a police officer and my life was focused on keeping order in the streets … I made use of my karate when on patrol and realised my follow officers could benefit from it”

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The Role of Kata (video)

There are three main roles that solo kata has within karate and similar systems:

1) Continuity and Organisation of Information

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Datum-Setting and Limb-Clearance Pad Drill

Footage from a dojo session where we covered a basic pad drill. The drill gives examples of the two roles of the non-striking hand in kata / close-range combat: 1) To locate the target utilising proprioception i.e. “datum setting”. 2) To clear the path for the strike i.e. “limb-clearance”.

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Christian Wedewardt Heian Bunkai into Joint-Lock Flow

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The Training Matrix ... Again!

We need a higher standard of debate in the martial arts. We really do. Over the last few weeks I’ve seen numerous examples of poor quality, ego-fuelled “debates” where logic and objectivity (and good manners and integrity) are thrown to one side. To my mind, if people understand “The Martial Map” and “The Training Matrix” then they can see just how irrelevant 99% of martial internet debates are. In this video I want to return to “The Training Matrix” specifically, as that seems most relevant to the examples that prompted me to make this video.

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Some Karate Gripping (video)

This is footage from a recent dojo session where we were working on gripping. The clip starts well into the session and does not cover the methods we were drilling up to this point. I also make reference to the bunkai of Naihanchi (Tekki) and Seishan (Hangetsu) which the higher grades had also been working on earlier that day. This “snapshot” video is therefore incomplete and should not be seen as being instructional in nature.

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The Karate Precepts of Anko Itosu

In this video I discuss a few of Itosu’s 10 Precepts and the impact they should have on karate today. This vitally important document was written in 1908 by one of the most influential karate masters there has ever been.

Itosu tells us karate does NOT have a religious foundation; that karate is for non-consensual violence; that we should not only train for “self”-defence, but also train to protect loved ones; that we should practise karate as individuals; and more!

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Karate Joint-Lock Takedown: Kushanku / Kanku-Dai / Kosokun Bunkai

This video looks at bunkai for a sequence from Kushanku / Kanku-Dai / Kosokun. The kata is a record of the combative techniques and concepts formulated by a Chinese martial artist who went by the name of Kushanku. Kushanku can also be pronounced “Kosokun”, and the kata was renamed as “Kanku-Dai” in Shotokan karate.

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Thoughts on Telegraphing Strikes

In this video I discuss the idea of “telegraphing” as it relates to both fighting (consensual violence) and self-defence (non-consensual violence). As we have discussed in other recent videos, most martial artists fail to differentiate between the two and falsely assume that what is of great importance in one context must be of equal importance in the other.

Telegraphing is when we provide a recognisable cue to an opponent which enables them to react and negate the technique. Telegraphing being a problem is therefore predicated on two key points:

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