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Bunkai for end of Bassai-Sho (video)

In this video we look at bunkai for the closing motions of Bassai-Sho (Shotokan version). Just as Bassai-Dai finishes with throws, so does Bassai-Sho. A forty-five degree angle is taken in relationship to the enemy (which is why the move is at that angle in the kata) as the forearm hits the neck. The foot goes behind the enemy’s leg before it is pulled backwards as the cat stance is assumed. This will lengthen the enemy’s stance such that a push on the chin at ninety-degrees to the line of the stance will take them off balance and to the floor.

This video was filmed at a seminar in Dresden, Germany in April 2015. The seminar covered bunkai for the whole of Bassai-Dai and Bassai-Sho; as well as comparing the differences and commonalities between the two forms. This is a very short clip taken from a full weekend of training. This clip is no substitute for having been there. Nevertheless, I hope what is shown is of interest and of some value to all viewers.

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PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

Practical Kata Bunkai: End of Bassai Sho