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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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Pinan / Heian Sandan Two-Person Flow Drill

This video shows a two-person bunkai flow-drill for Pinan / Heian Sandan. The video is a short summary of several hours of practise and therefore it should not be viewed as an “instructional clip”.

The flow-drill shown puts several piece of bunkai from Pinan / Heian Sandan end to end in the same order they appear in the kata. It is but one form of practise and the bunkai also needs to be drilled live (Kata-Based-Sparring), individually, and in alternate sequences. A four minute video can obviously not convey the entirety of a training regimen.

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How Pinan Shodan (Heian Nidan) teaches us to get past our enemys defences

This video briefly summarises how Pinan Shodan (Heian Nidan) teaches us to get past our enemy’s defences so we can strike the jaw and neck to knockout our enemy. The video shows how we progress from solo-form (kata) to application (bunkai) to flow-drill and then to free-drill.

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Some Karate Gripping

In this video we look at some karate gripping, including bunkai from Gojushiho, Chinte and Gankaku / Chinto. Although the grappling side of karate is not as widely practised as it once was, it is once considered to be a fundamental part of the art. Indeed it is impossible to understand the nature of kata without understanding the grappling methods contained within them.

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Comparing karate throwing with judo throwing (video)

In this video I compare karate throwing with judo throwing. This is not so much a technical comparison as a tactical comparison. The core techniques have common ground; although the focus on throwing in judo invariably means judoka do those throws to a much higher level. Where we find greater differences is the way those throws will be applied due to the differing goals of judo (sport judo) and karate (traditional self-protection focus). We see differences in objective, nature of enemy / opponent, entry to the throw, method of execution, and following on from the throw.

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Two-person drill for the second half of Seipai (video)

This video shows a two-person drill for the second half of Seipai kata. As the video shows, all of the techniques can be used individually and in many alternative arrangements; and this must be practised too. This drill should not be thought of as an “as is” re-enactment of an actual fight. This two-person drill simply represents a time efficient way to practise the bunkai of Seipai in the same order as the techniques appear in the solo-kata. This short video cannot capture the wider training methodology of which this drill is but one part.

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Holistic Fighting Pad-Drill (video)

This video shows a practical karate “holistic fighting pad drill”. I would define it as “holistic” because it includes straight strikes, arcing strikes, clearing limbs, a takedown, ground fighting, striking from above, controlling limbs on the floor, a ground fighting lock (attempted), and striking from underneath. It is definitely a “fighting drill”, as opposed to a “self-protection drill”, due to the fact that a floor fight is both sought and maintained.

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Gichin Funakoshis Tsubame Gaeshi (Swallow Returns) Throw

In this short video we look at a version of Gichin Funakoshi’s Tsubame Gaeshi (Swallow Returns) Throw. The throw is one of the nine karate throws shown in Funakoshi’s book, “Karate-Do Kyohan”. While I believe the throw has historical importance, and is fun to practice, I have reservations about its practicality. The main issue being the vulnerability of turning of the back while dropping to one knee.

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Basic drill for the application of blocks (video)

In this video we summarise a basic drill for the bunkai of what are commonly, and inaccurately, referred to as “blocks”. The drill also looks at the use of hiki-te (pulling hand), muchimi (sticking to and redirecting the enemy’s limbs), and the use of stance and angles.

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