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Sochin Bunkai (Opening Sequence)

This video shows bunkai for the opening sequence of Sochin kata. In addition to discussing the bunkai, the video also touches upon some key bunkai principles found in the sequence:

1 – On strikes in kata, the non-striking hand is either clearing obstructions or telling you where the enemy is via proprioception.

2 – The angle in the kata represents the angle you assume in relation to the enemy (not the angle the enemy is attacking you from).

3 – The hikite (hand on hip) is never idle but is either pulling or monitoring.

The video was filmed in Canada in October 2015 and this short clip was part of full weekend of training. This short clip therefore can’t capture all of what was covered, or how this sequence and the principles it encapsulates fit into the wider matrix of training. I nevertheless hope it is of interest.

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PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

Practical Kata Bunkai: Sochin Opening Sequence