Kata Application

This forum is dedicated to an exchange of ideas relating to the practical application of Okinawan and Japanese kata. Increase
your understanding of kata whilst helping others to do the same.

Jeb Chiles's picture

Karate Bunkai Jutsu with Hanshi Ron Rogers

I have had the privilege of learning from Sensei Rogers for many years, thought I would share. https://youtu.be/zqBo139cs8U
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Nimrod Nir's picture

Seienchin Shoulder Wheel Throw?

Just watched this Toraguchi Tuesday video (name inspired by Waza Wednesday? if so, well done, Noah :)

It shows the middle part of Seienchin (or Seiyunchin in Goju Ryu) as being a Kata Guruma, or Shoulder Wheel throw.

For reference, here is the Kata (very close to the way I practice it. the relevant motions are at 1:28-1:34):


And here is the Toraguchi take on it: 

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Jeb Chiles's picture

Pinan and Naihanchi grappling applications

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ciorbaremus's picture

Double kick application

There are way more hand techniques in Kata than kicks, and when there is a kick ussually there is only one. There are two consecutive kicks in Kusanku Dai and Chinto, one would say that the first is a faint , as we see in competitional sport Karate, but I doubt that the traditional Karate would consider that. What is your take on it?

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Nimrod Nir's picture

Pinan Nidan final part bunkai

Hi everyone,

I am currently looking for a convincing bunkai for the final part of the Shitoryu version of Pinan Nidan. Here is a video of the kata for those unfamiliar:


I am referring to the part on 0:36-0:44 (the angled Shuto Gedans in Shiko Dachi after the 3 Oi Tsukis).

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Wastelander's picture

Blended Bunkai Partner/Padwork Drill

Hello, everyone!

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Unsu Jump Bunkai from Ken Baker

The jump in Unsu is an intriguing motion for us bunkai enthusiasts. In this video Ken Baker shares some of his thinking around the motion. Ken is one of the most knowledgeable martial artists I have ever met. I’m lucky enough to have had lots of opportunity to talk martial arts with him on my visits to the USA. His extensive knowledge across numerous systems means he can see things that are not always obvious to others, and I think these bunkai examples are good illustrations of that. This video is privately listed on YouTube and are posted here with Ken’s permission.

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Dirty Chinte application

A dirty application for Chinte:

The salutation and opening movement of Chinte can be used to get free of a straight wrist grab and follow with a hammer fist strike.This video shows a beginner level application as well as a practical (and dirty) strategy to make your attacker grab your wrist in a predictable fashion.

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Bunkai Concept: Kuzushi-Waza Before Turns in Kata

Hello, everyone,

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Lionel Froidure's picture

Heian Sandan / Pinan Sandan Bunkai

Hey guys, 

I've just released a new video about Heian Sandan / Pinan Sandan. Starting form a waiting position. 

Don't forget ti turn on the english caption, as I am talking in french :-) 

Wish you all a great easter week-end. 


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