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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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Tekki-Shodan / Naihanchi Close-Range Striking Flow Drill (video)

This video shows a bunkai flow drill for Naihanchi / Tekki-Shodan from the seminar in Stuttgart, Germany in June 2016. This one of many two-person drills that should accompany the solo form of the kata. The methods covered also need to be drilled singularly, in alternate orders, and in both semi-live and live ways if the kata is to be fully realised.

Viewers of this clip also need to remember that they are watching a very short summary of what was taught; and therefore they need to guard against making incorrect assumptions based on their inevitably incomplete understanding.

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Pinan / Heian Sandan Throw in Pad Drill

This video shows one of a number of bunkai-based pad drills that we covered at a seminar in Stuttgart, Germany in June 2016. These pad drills include various throws that can be found in the Pinan / Heian kata. This video looks at the hip-throw that can be found at the end of Pinan / Heian Sandan.

While traditional karate includes many throws, karate is first and foremost a striking system. It is therefore important to practise the throws in a manner that is integrated with the core strikes. Drills like this can be a useful part of this side of karate practise.

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Some Karate Throws (video)

In this video you can see a quick summation of a number of karate throws. This summary was for people at a gathering in the UK in June 2016. We had previously spent quite a bit of time on the associated gripping skills, but that is not covered in this clip. The throws had been previously taught in some depth to those present and hence this quick recap should not be considered to be instructional in nature.

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