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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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Chinte Two Finger Spear Hands (Nihon Nukite)

In this video we explore some of the bunkai of the kata Chinte (“Unusual Hands”); specifically the dropping middle-knuckle strikes, the rising nihon nukite (two finger spear hands) and the dropping nihon nukite. The kata contains a number of hand positions not seen in the more widely practised kata; hence the name. Despite the unusual look for the sequence in the solo form, it is really just a collection of attacks to weak areas from within a clinch. Although presented in a set sequence, they can be applied in any order.

All the best,

Iain

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Chinte Circles and Crane Stance Bunkai (video)

In this video we explore some of the bunkai of the kata Chinte (“Unusual Hands”); specifically the circular arm motions followed by the double uchi-uke and “crane stance”. Throughout the kata we see a lot of attacking weak areas. This sequence sees a method of getting behind the enemy so a knee strike can be delivered to the tailbone (coccyx). As always, great care must be taken when practising such methods.

All the best,

Iain

PS The YouTube link can be seen HERE

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Chinte Start Bunkai (video)

In this video we explore some of the bunkai of the kata Chinte (“Unusual Hands”); specifically, the opening sequence. The kata contains a number of hand positions not seen in more widely practised kata; hence the name. Punching into the hand is also not widely seen in other forms; however, the principle of using one hand to locate the target while the other strikes is a core old-school karate concept.

All the best,

Iain

PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

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Kururunfa Joint-Lock and Takedown

This short video shows the joint-lock / takedown found toward the end of Kururunfa kata. The motions that follow in the kata can be used to augment or reverse the lock (into an alternate lock) should this particular motion fail. The bunkai of those motions were covered at the event, but are not included in this short clip. Thank you for your support of these videos!

All the best,

Iain

PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

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