2019 Iain Abernethy and Donnie Abel Martial Arts Retreat, USA.

Instructors: Iain Abernethy (live video link) and Donnie Abel (in person)

Dates: Friday Sept 20, Saturday Sept 21, and Sunday Sept 22

Time: The event begins 6:00 pm Friday and ends Saturday at 3:00 pm. The bonus Sunday morning class is free and optional if you register by August 16th.

Place: The mountains of western North Carolina. Abel Wellness Studio, 110 Macon Center Drive, Franklin, NC 2873.

The theme for Iain’s section of this year’s event will be the bunkai of Kanku-Sho! Iain’s view is that this kata represents Anko Itou’s alternative expression of the combative principles of Kanku-Dai (Kushanku) such that exact duplication with his Heian / Pinan series is avoided. The session is therefore sure to be of interest to all practitioners of Kushanku / Kosokun / Kanku-Dai; as well as those who practise Kanku-Sho. The bunkai and drills covered will include escapes, neck cranks, chokes, takedowns, locks, methods of last resort, etc. General bunkai and combative principles will also be discussed throughout. The live video link will also mean Iain and see everything that is happening and that he will be able to answer all questions directly and in real time.

Donnie will be covering Martial Arts Intelligence techniques that complement the bunkai of Kanku-Sho from punching mechanics to prevent shoulder injuries to generating power for Kanku-Sho with proper breathing mechanics. He will also be offering a bonus class on Sunday morning covering rehabilitation and relaxation and answering questions about your martial arts challenges.

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Friday, September 20, 2019 - 18:00 to Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 12:00