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Matsumora Rohai Takedown (video)

This video looks at the one-legged-stance to downward strike of Matsumora Rohai. The kata is frequently mislabelled as “Matsumura Rohai”. However, it is important to understand the kata comes to us from the Tomari-te line of Kōsaku Matsumora, and not Shuri-te line of Sōkon Matsumura. It would seem that the two martial artists have become confused and this has resulted in the widespread mislabelling of the kata.

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A Naihanchi / Tekki-Shodan Flow Drill (video)

In this video you can see a flow drill for some on the methods found within Naihanchi / Tekki-Shodan kata. The video covers a drill for the opening sequence and the “reinforced block” section.

The drill should be performed with plenty of movement and in a fluid way. It should look and feel a little “rough” such that it accurately reflects the nature of conflict and provides a solid stepping stone to live practise of the methods.

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Seienchin (Seiyunchin) Flow Drill for Start of Kata

This video shows a bunkai flow drill for the first part of Seienchin (Seiyunchin) kata. It was filmed at a seminar in New Jersey in April 2016. It is possible to drill the entire kata in this way – which we did cover at the seminar – but we must remember that it is vitally important to drill the movements individually, in alternate order, and in a variety of other drills too if the kata is to be fully realised.

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Shuto-uke (knife hand) as transition (video)

This video covers the bunkai for shuto-uke (“knife hand block”). The primary function of shuto-uke is to move us past the enemy’s limbs so that we can continue to attack and press home our advantage. Shuto-uke is therefore primarily a transitionary method.

This video shows the two core applications of shuto-uke (inside and outside versions), explains how they would be used in combat, and covers the habitual action that shuto-uke aims to instil.

All the best,

Iain

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Funakoshi's Tani-Otoshi Throw (video)

This throw appears in Gichin Funakoshi’s 1935 book “Karate-Do Kyohan”. The throw is called “Tani-Otoshi” (valley drop) by Funakoshi; although it is more commonly known as “Ippon Seoi Nage” (one armed shoulder throw) in the wider martial arts world.

All the best,

Iain

PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

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Funakoshi's Katawa-Guruma Throw (video)

This throw appears in Gichin Funakoshi’s 1935 book “Karate-Do Kyohan”. The throw is called “Katawa-guruma”, which is variously called either “half-wheel” or “cripple-wheel” in English.

All the best,

Iain

PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

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Seiryu / Aoyagi Bunkai (video)

In this short video we quickly look at bunkai for Seiryu (Aoyagi) kata. As we follow the kata through, you can see that the kata provides alternative course of action and answers what to do if something does not work as anticipated. It is obviously important to train the motions individually and in differing orders too. That can’t be covered by a short clip such as this, nor can the video cover the wider training methodology. I never nevertheless hope it is of some interest.

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Shovel Hook Drills (video)

In this video we look at some basic pad drills for repetition of the lead hand shovel hook. This is footage taken from a club session in March 2016.

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Matsukaze bunkai opening sequence (video)

This video shows a small amount of Matsukaze bunkai. The sequence covered is the first few moves of the kata. This footage was filmed at a four day residential course where we explored more of the kata. This clip is therefore an incomplete snapshot and needs to be watched on that understanding.

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Chinto / Gankaku Drill (video)

In this video we quickly show a flow drill for the first part of Chinto / Gankaku kata. It was filmed at an event in the UK in February, 2016. What is shown in this clip is not the instruction that the group received (over some hours) but is a very quick summary of what had been covered. This is therefore not an instructional video.

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