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Joint-Lock Escape and Counter (video)

This video was filmed at a seminar in Belgium where we explored karate locking, escapes from locks and counter-locking. It should be remembered that locking was once considered a fundamental part of karate.

Gichin Funakoshi (founder of Shotokan) wrote, “In karate, hitting, thrusting, and kicking are not the only methods, throwing techniques and joints locks are included … all these techniques should be studied referring to basic kata.”

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Pinan / Heian Combination Drill (video)

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Naihanchi / Tekki Shodan Bunkai - Kansas, USA (video)

This clip was filmed when I was teaching in Kansas, USA in October 2011. It covers the bunkai for the opening sequence of Naihanchi / Tekki Shodan. This is a potentially dangerous sequence and great care must be taken in practise. It should only be practised by competent martial artists while under the direct supervision of a suitably qualified and experienced instructor. This bunkai is presented for historical interest / information purposes only.

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Shuto and Nukite Training Drill (video)

This video was taken at a seminar I taught in Essex in October 2011. We were looking at techniques and drills from Kushanku / Kanku-Dai kata. This is one drill that can be used to practise the applications for Shuto-Uke (“knife hand block”) and Nukite (spear hand). The idea is to get the key variations drilled in a small amount of training time. I hope you enjoy working the drill!

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Kushanku / Kanku-Dai Bunkai (video) from Kansas, USA

This video was filmed when I was teaching in Kansas, USA in October 2011. It covers a bunkai drill from Kushanku / Kanku-Dai for the sequence commonly labelled as “Shuto, front kick, back fist, ‘outer-block’, double punch”.

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Pinan Godan Manji-Uke Bunkai (video)

In this video we look at an application for the Manji-Uke (simultaneous “lower-block” & “outer block”) found at the end of Pinan / Heian Godan.

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Pinan Nidan / Heian Shodan Bunkai Moves 3 to 6 (video)

This video shows a bunkai drill for moves 3 to 6 of Pinan Nidan / Heian Shodan. It was filmed at a private training session in August 2011 and we had just been looking at applications for the previous turn. This clip joins that session as we look at the “lower-block” posture and onwards.

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