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Gojushiho Sho and Dai Bearhugs Escapes (video)

This video looks at some bear hug escapes from Gojushiho-Sho and Gojushiho-Dai. It is my view that the two kata often complement each other and in this instance we can see complementary examples of bear hug escapes. The kata is not showing a sole recommend way to escape a grip from the front, but instead an illustration of the kind of things that should be practised i.e. an illustration of concept. Variations and adapting to the ever changing dynamics of self-defence should be an inherent part of the process.

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Pinan / Heian Godan Bunkai & Variation (video)

This video covers bunkai for the juji-uke sequence of Pinan Godan / Heian Godan, and a variation on that sequence. It was filmed in Denmark at a seminar in November 2014.

It is always important to remember that every kata motion is essentially an illustration of principle. It is not the technique that is the end result; it the integration of the principles encapsulated by the bunkai of the technique that is of greater importance. That way the methodology of the kata can be applied in a habitual / intuitive way regardless of specific circumstance.

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Chinte Hops Bunkai (video)

The hops in the Shotokan version of Chinte kata are not found in alternative versions. It is most likely that the hops were added to fulfil the Shotokan dictate that all kata should begin and end at the same place. However, we can’t be certain that is the case and it is possible that the hops were always present in the version of the kata adopted by Shotokan. Either way, the hops certainly have a number of effective applications and in this video we discuss the arm-lock with “shock loading” in order to take the aggressor to the floor.

All the best,

Iain

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Gojushiho Bunkai Drill (video)

This drill is a quick summation of some of the Gojushiho bunkai we covered over a weekend in Germany in October 2014. Over that weekend, we looked at applications for the whole of the Sho and Dai versions of Gojushiho; including how they integrate and support one another. This drill quickly recaps the core bunkai for Gojushiho-Sho (also labelled as Gojushiho-Dai in many groups). While the exact name varies, it is the version with the “spear hands” that is covered in this clip.

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Chinto / Gankaku End Spin Bunkai (video)

This video was filmed in October 2014 when I was teaching in Canada. This clip covers the bunkai for the end spin of Chinto / Gankaku kata.

It is obviously a potentially dangerous technique and it should only be practised under the supervision of a suitably qualified and experienced person.

It is presented here solely as an explanation for the motion found within the traditional kata. All viewers are encouraged to be aware of and to adhere to all local laws relating to self-defence.

All the best,

Iain

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Pinan Nidan / Heian Shodan Turning Lower Block

This video was filmed at a seminar in Swansea, Wales in September 2014. It looks at the bunkai for what is the opening sequence in the Shotokan version of Heian Shodan. This bunkai also applies to the sequence following the hammer fist in the other versions of the kata (Pinan Nidan).

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Passai / Bassai-Dai Knife Hand Drill (video)

This video looks at a yielding drill for the Knife-Hands found within Passai / Bassai-Dai. It was filmed at a seminar in Swindon in September 2014. The section shown is part of the longer drill, and alternatives for the section shown were also covered. We’ve edited it together to “stand alone” but it must be remembered that you really needed to be there to fully understand the nature of the drill and to get instruction on what is referred to, but not shown, in the clip. The clip is therefore presented “as is” and is not intended to be instructional.

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Basic 1-2-3 Padwork Drill (video)

This video shows a simple “1,2,3 Padwork Drill” with both fists and open-hands.

On the night this was filmed we had a lot of “warm” bodies in the room and hence the camera lens mists over during filming. The hall also has a bit of an echo so the sound quality is not great either.

This is a free video and you get what you pay for :-) All of our DVDs are filmed in studios by professional people and if you want good quality footage I’d direct you toward those.

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Pinan Nidan Opening Move Bunkai (video)

In this video we look at the bunkai of the opening moment of Pinan Nidan. The footage was filmed at a seminar I taught in Wales in 2014. I see the motion as an escape when the arms are pinned from the rear. The “dropping hand” rips the one of the enemy’s fingers back, up and over (only partially done in the demonstrations for obvious reasons!). That will free the grip.

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Wanshu / Enpi Gedan Barai and Rising Palm Heel Bunkai (video)

This video was filmed last year (2013) in Augsburg, Germany. It looks at a basic application of the gedan-barai & rising palm-heel towards the end of the Wanshu / Enpi. We then look at some “martial arts” follow ups to the end position. While the core kata technique is self-defence based, the follow-ups move into the realm of martial arts i.e. techniques for interest, fun and enjoyment. For more information on how I categorise these techniques please listen to the “martial map” podcast available for free download from this website.

All the best,

Iain

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