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Jitte Bunkai (video)

This video looks at the bunkai from Jitte kata. “Jitte” translates as “ten hands” and the video begins by examining what that name may represent. There then follows a demonstration of a two-person drill that is made up of the kata’s bunkai, in the order they appear in the kata. This is just one of many Jitte drills and it is important to also drill the motions individually, in short sequences, in alternate orders, with variations, with varying levels of compliance, and so on.

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Naihanchi / Tekki-Shodan Striking Flow Drill (video)

In this short clip we look at a bunkai flow-drill for Naihanchi / Tekki-Shodan. It is a basic drill that focuses on creating and exploiting opportunities for close-range strikes. It should be remembered that this clip shows a few minutes summarising a much longer session. This clip is therefore not instructional in nature and obviously does not cover how such drills fit into the wider training matrix. The methods of the kata need drilled in many other supporting ways. This drill is just one of many.

All the best,

Iain

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Basic Body Shifting Pad Drill (video)

In this video we share a basic body-shifting pad-drill. All punches are done with the right-hand (or left when you do it from the opposite stance). The drill consists of one punch shifting backward, one punch on the spot, one lunging-punch stepping forward, and one reverse-punch stepping forward. We therefore have four right-hand punch variations in one quick drill.

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Jion Bunkai and Drills (video)

In this video we look at some applications / bunkai for Jion kata, and then combine them into a flow drill. It should be remembered that flow drills are not a “replication” of a fight (only live practise will suffice), but instead they are a time-efficient way to practise the methods of the kata. The kata, the drills and live practise (where the principles and methods of the kata can be applied freely) combine to form a holistic training matrix.

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Niseishi / Nijushiho Flow Drill (video)

This video looks at flow drill for the sequence following the “double-block” towards the start of Niseishi / Nijushiho kata. This footage is from a seminar in Finland and it shows a quick summary of what had already been practised (so the students could film it as an aid to memory). It is therefore not instructional in nature. I nevertheless hope you find it interesting:

All the best,

Iain

PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

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Wanshu / Enpi Flow Drills (video)

This videos looks at two flow drills for Wanshu / Enpi kata. The sequences covered are the “shifting knife-hand sequence” and the “double-palm-heels, lower-block, jump sequence”. We then put both flow drills end to end to create a longer flow drill.

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Gekisai-Dai (Fukyugata-Ni) History and Bunkai (video)

This video gives a very brief overview of the history and bunkai of Gekisai Dai Ichi (also known as Fukyugata Ni) and Gekisai Dai Ni. As with all such clips, this is a very short summation and hence it is impossible to cover all details and the wider training methodology. I nevertheless hope what is shown is of interest and that it encourages you to seek out further instruction.

All the best,

Iain

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Pad Drill with Funakoshis Ude-Wa Throw (video)

This videos shows a pad drill that incudes Funakoshi’s Ude-Wa (Morote Gari) Throw. It starts with a simple jab, cross before a lead hand hook is delivered as you simultaneously move to an angle. All three techniques should be delivered fluidly and without any gaps. For this drill, we want to “open up” for maximum power.

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Getting Up From The Floor (video)

In this video we look at the basics of getting back up from the floor i.e. you’ve been knocked down and the enemy is still standing. The methods shown can be found within the Bubishi, Mabuni’s writings, Funakoshi’s writings, and even some kata i.e. Unsu / Unshu.

You are obviously working from a position of great disadvantage when applying such methods and hence their limitations should be recognised. However, they should be a part of karate practise (just as they were in the past) so they can be used should the karateka find themselves in such an unfortunate position.

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Chinte End Sequence (video)

In this video we explore some of the bunkai of the kata Chinte (“Unusual Hands”); specifically the end of the kata from the “scissor punch” to the front (hasami zuki) to the hops at the end.

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