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Pinan Sodan / Heian Nidan flow drill


Below is a drill which was taught during a 'Bunkai study group' last week encompassing the first third of Pinan Shodan / Heian Nidan as a flow drill.  The drill can be continued to utilise the whole Kata but we only covered this small part in our class.

Hope you enjoy, and any comments / suggestions always welcomed.  I apologise for the poor sound qulaity, it was filmed on my mobile phone,  I think I'll need to invest in propoer camera for next time I want to record something.


Matt Perlingiero
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You've got a really cool idea here.  It reminds me of Masaji Taira's bunkai drills.  Keep going!

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Thanks for the kind words Matt. Im sure I will get round to filming the full drill at some point.
DaveB's picture

It looks like a really good beginning and similar to how I see the techniques. 

The only thing I thought might be problematic was the number of movements into your last shuto strike. The opponent seems to just waiting to get hit. That being said I have been on the receiving end of sensory overload attacks where multiple high speed contacts to a limb confuse and distract to create an opening. 

shoshinkanuk's picture

Hi Andy,

Thanks for posting this, whilst I enjoyed your presentation im struggling to see what purpose it delivers and saw some (IMO) fundamental errors in terms of it being used as a functional drill for self protection.

Granted I need to understand the context of the drill, and also see it at full pelt to really help seeing where your coming from.

kudos for posting!

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Hi Dave B and Shoshinkanuk

Firstly let me apologise for the length of time it's taken to view and respond to your comments.


The Shuto sequence is essentially a trapping drill, the first trap is used to close off the opponent as you strike to the neck, the second and third traps revolve around the energy given by the opponent (either they cross their centre line or they dont).  In this particular clip the first 'block' is countered using an inside trap as the opponents energy is inside their centre line so moving the arm to the outside is the most energy efficient.  The third trap comes from the opponent pushing across their own centre line therefor starting to close them selves off so rather than using force against force to push the arm back I use the 'free' arm to go with their energy pull the arm in the dirstion it's already going.  The arm performing the previous Shuto Uke then controls the elbow so that the Shuto can hit the opponent and finish the sequence.

After reviewing the clip i probably didn't explain it as well as I could have but hope the above helps to explain my thinking behind it.


Thanks for watching the clip, again as above I probably didn't explain the context of the drill properly.  Basically each portion of the drill in the clip would be practiced individually first off to learn the applications to the kata in an attept to finish a confrontation.  The clip above was just a way to practice the techniques learnt in a free flowing way rather practising one peice of pairwork resetting and practising the next.  In this was you can practice the drills in a time efficient manner.  I'm not saying you would use the drill as a whole in a confrontation as in principle it is very 'scripted' in your partners responses.

Hope this helps.

Thanks to you both for watching and I appreciate your feedback.