Kata Bunkai From Jion Kata

Haven’t done a bunkai video for a while, so here we are taking a look at the opening salutation from Kata Jion (same as Jiin and Jitte),and also quite similar to the salutation or Bassai Dai.

I have to apologise that the battery run out just before the end, but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

Martial Arts And The Power Of Taking Responsibility

I don’t often have guest writers on BunkaiJutsu.  However, I’ve had a request from a freelance writer Katlyn Warner to publish her article on taking responsibility and how it is particularly significant to martial artists, especially children.  It covers a number of self development aspects of martial arts training I thought so I thought I’d share it.

Katlyn wrote in her email to me, “as the 2018 and 2019 book tour of Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, a clinical psychologist and professor from Canada, has demonstrated, people across the world are crying out for the message of responsibility. In his books and lectures, he encourages people to take on more responsibilities to improve as individuals.
Recently, I had the pleasure to help oversee an article which looks at what embracing responsibility can do for us. This covers how taking on responsibilities in our lives can improve us as individuals, improve our mental health, and can improve our professional lives”.

As I’m a firm believer in martial arts for personal and spiritual development as well as for self defence, I thought her article was a good fit.  So below is the the Katlyn’s article, which I concur with.  I hope you enjoy it and please leave your comments below:

How Martial Arts Increase Responsibility in Youth

Martial arts offers brain-boosting benefits for students of any age, studies show. However, aside from simply allowing people to increase their physical

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fitness, develop form and engage with the spiritual side of martial arts, the sport has been found to actually help increase responsibility amongst martial artists. By learning about the ethics behind martial arts and how to carry out repeated, small moves, people who practice martial arts are building their sense of responsibility without even knowing it.

Task-Oriented Sports and the Connection to Responsibility

It’s no secret that sports can promote positive youth development, but the benefits reach much further than simply teaching kids how to play nice with others and work hard. One study, in fact, that was performed on various athletes from different sports revealed that the task orientation needed to perform sports was the driving force for both personal responsibility and social responsibility. What this means is that the various small, repeated tasks that athletes in any sport have to carry out leads them to develop personal and social responsibility (PSR) that helps provide them with a successful transition into adulthood. The mere ethical elements required for being a good sport also seemed to impact the responsibility of various different types of athletes, and that’s something that is incredibly present in martial arts.

Action, Reaction, and Conscious Movement

Anybody who’s taken at least one martial arts class will understand just how much the mind plays a role in the mastery of it all. Because martial arts is an art and a sport, it requires the participant to engage in repetition, just as a ballet dancer might practice their moves. This repetition is what truly builds responsibility in athletes, and it’s what really creates strong minds. Martial arts rely heavily on repetition for many reasons, but in part due to the fact that many martial artists have to perform under pressure and need to be prepared. However, it is believed that learning new physical skills is best done by making a habit out of it. As mentioned above, task-oriented sports tend to be the ones that increase responsibility the most. See the connection? Repeated movements require martial artists to engage in task-oriented athleticism which then increases their responsibility by making it easier to form habits, healthy ones, out in the real world.

Creating Responsible Adults

There’s no doubt that martial arts are beneficial for the mind, body, and soul. However, for young kids who are still in the process of developing healthy habits and working on integrating themselves into society, it can make all of the difference when it comes to responsibility. With the ability to raise conscious, self-aware, mindful, and responsible adults all while helping them increase their physical fitness and gain strength, there’s not much that martial arts can’t offer children and teens. Now, all you have to do is decide whether or not Bunkai Jutsu is the right kind of martial arts for you or not.

Radio Interview With Charlie Wildish (Me); By Yvonne Bignall – Somer Valley FM

I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Yvonne Bignall, for our local radio station, Somer Valley FM.

Yvonne Bignall coaches and trains women to live healthier authentic lives, designs and delivers effective workshops in everyday interpersonal skills, Continue reading “Radio Interview With Charlie Wildish (Me); By Yvonne Bignall – Somer Valley FM” »

Seishin Gi (Karate Uniform): Product Review

The Seishin Gi has been created by the well known blogger, best selling author and teacher; Jesse Enkamp (also known as The Karate Nerd).  It is crowdfunded, crowdsourced, and has been endorsed by Iain Abernethy, Patrick McCathy, Tetsuhiro Hokama 10th Dan  and a number of other Continue reading “Seishin Gi (Karate Uniform): Product Review” »

Different Levels Of Training In Traditional Martial Arts

When real fighting/self protection can be really chaotic and messy, why are traditional martial arts so fussy about good technique with so much attention to fine detail and accuracy. It’s because traditional martial arts basics movements and kata/patterns/forms train us on several different levels simultaneously.  I have Continue reading “Different Levels Of Training In Traditional Martial Arts” »

Martial Arts Body Mechanics & Structures Vs Fitness & Strength

Some martial art schools/associations/franchises put a lot of emphasis on fitness and strength training.  A good work out gets the endorphins going and people come out feeling good and happy, stress levels reduced and a general feeling of well-being.  Being fit always feels good.  Sometimes the fitness may consist of doing a lot of circuit type training and/or doing everything fast all the time.

Whilst I am definitely in favour of being fit and strong, I am not in favour of emphasising these aspects over good body mechanics and body structures Continue reading “Martial Arts Body Mechanics & Structures Vs Fitness & Strength” »

Internal Power Seminar With Dan Harden

In the fullness of time, I expect this to be the most life changing seminar I’ve ever attended with respect to my martial arts.  It was a 2 day seminar on 21st/22nd July 2018, covering a lot of material, which for a newbie, stretched the mind as well as the body.  As such, this is review is my initial impressions and I do not pretend to be an expert or have all the answers.  This post is just to share my own personal experiences on this seminar, nothing more.

Now first of all, I want to address the “Internal Power” bit.  This was not the usual, use your chi Continue reading “Internal Power Seminar With Dan Harden” »

Differences Between Karate and Tang Soo Do

As usual with any such comparisons on the differences between styles, we have to accept that all comments are generalisations as there are many styles of Karate and Tang Soo Do, so it’s impossible to make comparisons which hold true for every single style of Karate and every single style of Tang Soo Do.

Also, I have to say that although I have had influences from many different martial arts I am primarily a Karateka and have not Continue reading “Differences Between Karate and Tang Soo Do” »

How To Create More Impact In Your Martial Arts Technique?

It is often said that generating impact is mainly about applying your body-weight and moving it into the technique.  I personally think that this explaination is a bit simplified and that there is a bit more to it than that.  So some of what I am going say here goes against conventional wisdom, so please bear with me to end before accusing me of sacrilege!

Ok, so what is the main factor that generate impact in a technique? Continue reading “How To Create More Impact In Your Martial Arts Technique?” »

Interview With Daren Sims, 5th Dan Aikido

I first met and befriended Daren Sims, 5th Dan Aikido and 1st Dan Combat Ju Jutsu in 2010, when I was organising a multi-style martial arts festival.  It was to raise funds for 2 charities that had helped my and my family through some particularly difficult times.  I selected 12 different martial art schools who had about 15 minutes each to demonstrate their system.  Daren was the contact point and organiser of the Aikido Continue reading “Interview With Daren Sims, 5th Dan Aikido” »