I was recently interviewed by the Karate by Jesse website! It’s a superb website and I’m honoured to be included. It was fun chat with the likeminded and very personable Jesse and I hope you find our discussion on kata bunkai of interest:
"You see, when it comes to applying the techniques of Karate’s kata (bunkai), few people have the same passion, grit and experience as Iain Abernethy – UK’s leading proponent of practical Karate.
Here is a little something that may be of interest the hardcore members of the website. For my own use, I set up a twitter feed that picks up the RRS feeds from this website via hootsuite. I then set up twitter to send me a text message when anything is put on that twitter feed.
Over the last few months I’ve added a few videos to this website on applications for Wanshu / Enpi. There is just under eighteen minutes of footage in all and I've put them all on this webpage for ease of viewing. I hope you find them intresting!
Congratulations to Tony and all at Karate Asylum (I love that name!) for achieving WCA Syllabus recognition! There syllabus is a great blend of the best of traditional karate combined with a holistic approach to the needs of modern self-protection. Tony can be contacted via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since last month’s newsletter 30 minutes of new online bunkai videos have been added to the website and my “Practical Kata Bunkai” YouTube channel. The videos cover a number of karate throws, an arm-lock flow drill, and some bunkai from Wanshu / Enpi kata. To make them as easy as possible to find for newsletter subscribers, I have put all the videos on this webpage.
This weekend Nicolas Hofele (also WCA 4th dan / instructor) reached full instructor status in my approach to kata bunkai. This makes him the first person in Germany to do so and the third person from outside of the UK! Well done Nick! I hope to run some more introductory instructor courses soon, so please keep an eye on the newsletters if you are interested.
As most will know a year or two ago Peter Consterdine 9th dan and myself set up the World Combat Association to be an international body for martial artists like us. You can find full explanations of the thinking behind the WCA on these web pages:
I've just finished editing together an hour long video which I hope to add to the World Combat Association (WCA) members area tomorrow. The video gives a detailed look at the strikes, cranks, locks, throws, takedowns, grips, counters and drills associated with Pinan / Heian Godan. Only WCA members and instructors will be able to view this new video. More details to follow: http://worldcombatassociation.com/?page_id=230
Please find below all the new videos since the last newsletter. The new one will be out in a couple of days. I thought I would put the new videos all on this webpage for ease of viewing. If you are not a newsletter subscriber, please follow the link below to join:
Early next year I will be running my first ever residential course! I’ve booked a beautiful isolated venue which includes accommodation, a dojo, kitchen etc. My plans is to have just 12 people attend for four days of intense in-depth training. The venue is 100% ours so we will also be able to relax and endlessly chat martial arts in the evenings :-) If you think this may be of interest, please watch this space and I’ll be back with more information soon!
The Heians or Pinans are widely the most recognisable and practised kata in karate circles today, they are also arguably the most misunderstood. If analysed, practised and taught effectively the Heian/Pinan kata have the potential to be a complete fighting system for the learning karateka, containing strikes, kicks, joint locks, throws, grappling and so on
You can listen to all the mini-casts (short podcasts) to date on the following webpage. So far I’ve discussed multiple enemies, the differences between being “trained, experienced and skilled”; and micro-training. Follow me on Facebook or Twitter to be made aware the instant these things go live: http://www.justsayinapp.com/iainabernethy
Today’s mini-cast has just been uploaded! It is called “Trained, experienced or skilled?” Please follow the link to listen to it (just under 5 mins long). Please share with as many as possible if you like it and want more of these mini-casts!
I’m trying out the idea of regular “mini-casts”. These will be 2 to 5 minute audio blog posts done 2 or 3 times a week where I share some thoughts, something interesting I have read, some news, etc. They will be a little “rough and ready” and recorded and uploaded directly from my mobile phone. If this is something you think may be interesting please check them out and tell others!
Just a quick post to let all visitors and members of this website know that they can get 15% off all orders (in addition to the usual 3 for 2 on books and DVDs) for the next week or so. When placing your order you need to enter the code “specialoffer0113” in to the coupons box on the page where you enter your address. The deduction will then be applied.