Kata Bunkai: Counter Arm Locking And Flow Drill

The following video is from world renowned kata bunkai expert, Iain Abernethy.  It deals with countering/escaping from arm locks using movements from the Heian/Pinan katas.

Iain is one of my favourite seminar instructors and I’d always recommend his seminars.  You can find out more about his upcoming seminars at: www.iainabernethy.co.uk/seminars    Continue reading “Kata Bunkai: Counter Arm Locking And Flow Drill” »

Traditional Shotokan Karate Association: Annual Residential Course 2012

Having recently attended the Traditional Shotokan Karate Association (TSKA) Residential Course (12th – 14th May), I thought I’d share my experiences with you.

Being my first time at the TSKA residential course, I wasn’t completely sure what to expect, though it was well recommended by my club-mates.  Continue reading “Traditional Shotokan Karate Association: Annual Residential Course 2012” »

Kata And Its Bunkai Is Like A Sword

The following is para-phrased from part of a lesson given by Sensei Pete Manning 6th Dan Shotokan Karate, during the recent residential course hosted by the Traditional Shotokan Karate Association:- Continue reading “Kata And Its Bunkai Is Like A Sword” »

Adaptive Karate Bunkai With Sensei John Johnston 6th Dan

I have featured Sensei John Johnston, 6th Dan Shotokan Karate a few times before.  I’ve published an interview with him and done a write up of a private class that I’ve been privileged to have with him.

However, it occurred to me that I’ve never included any videos of him teaching his own Adaptive Karate.  So below are some videos from Sensei John Johnston’s own Youtube channel demonstrating kata bunkai. Continue reading “Adaptive Karate Bunkai With Sensei John Johnston 6th Dan” »

Sensei Paul Mitchell’s Karate Kata Bunkai

Following on from my earlier posting dated 29 Jan 12, Sensei Paul Mitchell has uploaded some more videos onto his Youtube channel.  These videos are taken from his recent Practical Shotokan: Beginner To Black Belt Course which covered various aspects of Karate Kata bunkai. Continue reading “Sensei Paul Mitchell’s Karate Kata Bunkai” »

A Private Class With John Johnston, 6th Dan

Having recently completed an interview with Sensei John Johnston, I was lucky enough to secure a private lesson with him.  Having discussed his approach to realistic Karate for self defence and the Adaptive Karate that he teaches in his seminars, Sensei Johnston was keen to show me in more detail and I was very keen to learn from him.  So John came down from Coventry with his wife Elaine, who is a 2nd Dan, and we had a class. Continue reading “A Private Class With John Johnston, 6th Dan” »

Practical Shotokan Course: Karate Kata Bunkai

The following video clip is taken from the Practical Shotokan: Beginner to Black Belt Course taught by Sensei Paul Mitchell, Chief Instructor of the Wells Traditional Shotokan Karate Club earlier on today.  Sensei Mitchell is talking about stand alone karate kata bunkai which could be fight finishers by themselves.  As Shotokan Karate puts a lot of emphasis on multiple assailants, there are many techniques which can incapacitate an opponent very quickly, although they are not always obvious and have been dumbed down a lot over the years for many social and political reasons.

Kaki Waki Uke (Reverse Wedge Block) is usually seen as breaking somebody’s grip when they try to strangle you.  However, if they have both of their hands on you, why not just punch/strike them?  It is much quicker, they have nothing to defend themselves with (as they’ve committed both of their hands to your neck) and it could finish the fight then and there.  If you use Kaki Waki Uke to separate their arms and release their grip, then you can both continue the fight on an even basis.

So what is Kaki Waki Uke more useful for?  Well one of the most common street attacks of all is a swinging haymaker, which as Sensei Mitchell demonstrates here can be easily stopped with one side of the Kaki Waki Uke.  Note that when he does this, that his opponent head is jerked slightly downwards and onto the other arm with is attacking to the neck.

In this instance Sensei Mitchell quite lightly attacks a specific point on the  opponent neck causing him to almost pass out straight away.  Had the blow been delivered with any real force, the opponent would have out cold.

Now if you’re thinking multiple opponents, you want techniques which give instant results and doesn’t waste a lot of your own energy (which you’ll need for fighting the others).  Sensei Mitchell demonstrates how this can be done very simply using a common technique which most people happily overlook on a regular basis.

 

Practical Shotokan – Beginner to Black Belt – Sunday 29th Jan 2012

Sorry for short notice, but this course is being run my very own Sensei, Paul Mitchell, 4th Dan.  Any course by Paul is always worth attending.  Sadly, I’m not going to be able to make this on myself due to work commitments, but I highly recommend it if you can.

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The course will be held on Sunday 29th January from 11:15am to 2:15pm.

As usual with Sensei Mitchell, this course will teach Karate bunkai including practical locks, take-downs and throws as well as the more obvious strikes and kicks.  These defences will be geared against ordinary everyday street attacks, rather than traditional Karate Lunge Punches  and Front Kicks.  The techniques and principles taught will come from basic techniques through to complex kata.

All Karateka of any style and grade are welcome, though there is a minimum age of 12 for anybody below 4th Kyu.

For adults it is £15.00 and for juniors it is £12.00.  To book a place please email shotokankaratewells@hotmail.co.uk, or call 01749 670105.

Enjoy a great course.

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Karate Bunkai Seminar

This weekend on Sunday 30th, there will be a great Karate Bunkai seminar, hosted at the Bristol Dojo, 74-78 Avon Street, Bristol, BS2 0PX, UK.

The seminar will explore the principles of practical application of concepts & principles of Karate kata as viewed from 2 different styles.

Simon O’Brien, 6th Dan Wado Ryu will teach from 2.00 to 3.30pm.  Simon has a practical leaning, being a member of the British Combat Association, having trained many times with World renowned kata bunkai expert Iain Abernethy and in Combat JuJutsu with Kevin O’Hagan.

From 3.30 to 5.00pm – Dan Lewis 6th Dan Goju Ryu takes over.  Dan has a wide experience in Kyokushinkai Karate, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Ju Jutsu and other styles, before settling into Goju Ryu Karate which he felt was a very complete system encompassing all the best of each.

For those who like the history, originally in Okinawa there were two main styles of Karate, Naha Te and Shuri Te.

Naha Te is believed to be mainly based on White Crane and Praying Mantis Kung Fu and evolved into Goju Ryu.

Shuri Te was largely based on White Crane, but further developed by the Okinawans to make it more linear.  This evolved on into Shorin Ryu, then Shotokan, which spawned many other styles including Wado Ryu.  However, Wado Ryu also has a lot of Ju Jutsu incorporated into it as well.

So this Karate bunkai seminar will have the best of both of Okinawa’s two original styles which should make it particularly interesting.

Cost is £10 and the minimum age is 13.