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Pinan shodan flow drill

Here is our latest video just uploaded to you tube. The drill was taught during a recent seminar I was asked to teach for my friends at Atherstone Karate Club. The drill encompasses some associated pairwork for the Pinan Shodan Kata in one flow drill. This clip was filmed as a refresher for those that attended on the day. One the day we delved deeper into subjects such as the angles taken and the reason behind trapping / clearing limbs to facilitate strikes.

Iain Abernethy
Iain Abernethy's picture

Thanks for sharing Andy! Nice drill!

I think such drills are great for time efficient practise and it’s always nice to have a two-person drill that mirrors the kata (solo-drill). I know that when I have presented such drills in the past, people make the mistake of thinking that it is some kind of “ultimate bunkai” (the pinnacle of bunkai training because it contains the full kata) or, at the other extreme, that I am suggesting the full drill is a “as is” combination (“It will never happen in that exact order in a real fight!”). Both positions are greatly mistaken. In truth, it is just one of many drills – with each aiming to develop given attributes – and the main purpose of these drills is a quick run through the core bunkai. Other drills are, or course, needed to develop functional application.

Here are some other drills in a similar vein from my YouTube channel that people may find interesting.

There are a quite few others in the app too. For those who have it, check out the recent Niseishi / Nijushiho and the Gekisaidai-Ichi ones.  I’ll also be adding detailed instruction on a Chinto / Gankaku one next week too.

All the best,


Tekki / Naihanchi Shodan in one drill


Tekki / Naihanchi Sandan in one drill


Pinan Godan


Seienchin (Seiyunchin) Bunkai Drills


Passai / Bassai-Dai


Kushanku / Kanku-Dai


Jitte Kata


Seipai Part 1


Seipai Part 2


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Thanks Iain, I totally agree. I teach this style of drill once the individual techniques have been learnt. As you say its time efficient. I have had comments similar to what you mentioned above when teaching this kind of drill too. The drills such as this form parts of my higher level gradings for students but I also spot check individual techniques too. This make sure that they understand that only one technique needs to used at any given time. I also explain while teaching these drills that although we should expect what we do to work for self protection we should be prepared for it doesnt. I think these drills help the students practice moving from one place to another should they come up against resistance with what they are trying to do.