This post doesn't have any specific aim, rather it is just a few thoughts I had after reading something that Mabuni wrote regarding Kata and Bunkai. Really I just wanted to see if anyone else wanted to share and maybe add some clarity to what is a disporadic collection thoughts.
I imagine that this is not the first time that anyone has seen this quote, so I am not putting out as a great find or anything like that.
For a very short lived publication called Karate Research Mabuni wrote a few articles, one of which contained the following:
I was approached the other day by one of my Students who is a Black Belt and whom I have teaching Heian Godan Bunkai. He has been training at another club in our association which they can do. One of their Black Belts went over Heian Godan and my student proceeded to do the version I had shown him. He was told that my version would not work and is wrong.
The version I showed him was the Block, punch and neck crank that Iain has shown on his app, videos etc. This is the first section of Godan.
I have just joined but could not see a welcome section, so I will introduce myself here. Konbanwa!
I practice Wado Ryu as well as a mixed martial art based on Wing Chun with a bit of Shotokan thrown in; the two martial arts the instructor practices.
I have started to find that with the more Chinese based techniques I learn a lot of my Wado Ryu starts to make more sense. It occured to me the other day that many Kata orginate from Chinese martial arts, but often the applications that are commonly taught are very Un-Chinese-like (un-Kung Fu like).
This week, we take a look at how the awkward-seeming "elbow wing" motions found in kata like Pinan Sandan, Chinto, and Naihanchi Nidan, can be employed against a choke from the front. This can be just as well used against any body or head level linear attack from the front, of course, and the choke is merely an idea to get you started working with it.
Here is a short exercise teaching concepts and applications which can be applied within a close quarter clinch situation. It's important to note that these are concepts, rather than a series of applications which must be practiced in strict order. This exercise is simply one element of the whole Koryu Naihanchi boxing system and is not supposed to be a "do it exactly like this" lesson as that would be impractical against real and genuine resistance, however all elements are extremely effective within the exercise.