At this seminar Iain will cover the self-defence applications and combative principles of Empi / Wanshu kata! Prior knowledge of the kata is not needed and all styles are welcome.

The kata is thought to be named after a Chinese diplomat who taught his combative methods in the Tomari region of Okinawa in the 17th century. In Shotokan, the kata has the alternative name of “Empi” (flying swallow) because the distinctive changes in height reminded Funakoshi of a Swallow in flight.  Iain’s take on this old form covers a whole host of close-range striking and grappling methods. Iain will also show how these old methods can be drilled on modern focus mitts (mitts will be provided).

The seminar will run from 11am to 3pm on Sunday the 5th of August 2018. It will be held in Walker Activity Dome, Wharrier Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE6 3BR. The cost is £30 per person (bring three students and instructor goes free).

Ticket bookings can be made online via .  Please contact - Andrew Sheldon-Thomson, or 07921 675 781 for further information or alternative payment methods.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:00 to 15:00