Basic Arm-Roll Drill (video)

This very short video shows a basic arm-roll drill. The footage comes from a seminar I taught in the Netherlands in February of 2015. This drill comes from my training in Judo, but it is now a part of my karate too.

It should always be kept in mind that, despite common misconceptions, karate is not an unchanging art with a direct line back to a single source. “Karate” is in fact a cover-all term for a wide range of systems that came to be practised in the geographical location of Okinawa.

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Reconstructing Gichin Funakoshi’s Nodo-Osae Throw (video)

In this video we are going to look at the “lost” karate throw of Nodo-Osae (“throat press” or “pressing the throat”). While a growing number of karateka are familiar with the nine karate throws Gichin Funkaoshi shows in his 1935 book Karate-Do: Kyohan, fewer are aware that they are not the only throws Funakoshi recorded in his written works. In his earlier 1925 book, Rentan Goshin Karate Jutsu, Gichin Funakoshi showed six throws. One of those throws – which is not included in the nine of Karate-Do: Kyohan – is Nodo-Osae.

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Start of Bassai-Sho Bunkai (video)

This video looks at the bunkai for the beginning of Bassai-Sho (Shotokan version). It was filmed during a two day 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. I am of the view that the two forms complement each other very well.

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Pinan Sandan Arm Bar Escape (video)

It is my view view that the Pinan / Heian series records a complete combative system. It is also my view that the kata present the techniques in the order they should be learnt and studied.

Among other things, Pinan Shodan (Heian Nidan) teach us how to control the enemy's limbs. Pinan Nidan (Heian Shodan) builds on that and teaches how to both lock the enemy’s limbs and escape from attempts to manipulate our own limbs. Having learnt those skills, the sequence shown in this clip (from Pinan Sandan) gives us an alternate counter should the previous ones fail.

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Striking from a seated position (video)

This video show extracts of a session on striking from non-ideal positions. In this clip you can see some of the drills and exercises for striking from a seated position. This included being approached from the front, and from the side (as you would be in a car, bus, train, etc). The video also shows some examples of how we can use dialogue to create an opening for a strike in order to escape from danger.

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Jion Kata Bunkai (video)

This video shows a selection of bunkai for the first third of Jion kata. It also shows how the motions can be combined into a Jion flow drill. As is normally the case, the motions further on in the kata are meant to interlink with those that have come before. It’s not possible to explain the entirety of this process of interaction in a short clip like this, but nevertheless it is touched upon.

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Transition drill with partner and pads (video)

During an intensive residential course in March 2015 we covered a number of transition drills. These are drills to get the student used to flowing from technique to technique in such a way that dominance is maintained. This drill includes head-butting, kneeing, groin-kicking, palm heels, slaps and dropping hammer-fists.

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Shisochin Bunkai (video)

This video looks at bunkai for a few sections of Shisochin kata. In particular, we look at the “signature sequence” of Shisochin both as it appears towards the start of the kata and with the additional entries and exits found toward the end. As part of this we also cover the bunkai for the “rising double elbow” and the end turn.

This video was filmed at a residential course in February 2015. This short clip does obviously not show all of the instruction, but we nevertheless hope you find it interesting and of value.

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Naihanchi / Tekki-Shodan Limb Control Flow Drill (video)

This video shows a slow motion, and practise speed, demonstration of a limb-control flow drill for Naihanchi / Tekki Shodan kata. The early part of the video was a short demonstration, given by Lee Taylor and myself, so that karateka at a residential course could take a little footage to act as an aid to memory. It is not intended to be an instructional clip, but as an aide-mémoire for those who had just learnt the drill.

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Kururunfa Flow Drill (video)

This video shows a flow drill for the first half of Kururunfa kata. It was filmed during a class at a four day residential course in February 2015. This part of the kata primarily concentrates on controlling the enemy’s limbs in order to limit their striking options whist creating openings for your own strikes.

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