Category Archives: Kung Fu

7 Questions to Enhance Your Bunkai

When we examine kata bunkai to see what does and does not work under pressure, it is good to have a set of guidelines to work to. Matthew Apsokardu provides 7 questions that you should ask yourself to make sure that what you try out will actually work when you need it most. Continue reading

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Bunkai For Nijushiho (Niseishi)

Here we look at the opening sequence of the kata Nijushiho (also known as Niseishi). In Shotokan in particular the usual interprutation of the slow forward moving “elbow strike” is that it applies an armlock under the opponents elbow by applying upward pressure. However, it seems to work much better if you apply the armlock across your chest. Have a look at the video and see what we mean. Continue reading

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New DVD: Inside Bassai Dai (Kata Bunkai)

New DVD on the Karate Kata, Bassai Dai and it’s bunkai Continue reading

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Dis-Mounting An Attacker

Should you be unfortunate enough to be taken to the ground and end up with some gormless thug on top of you trying to bludgeon the living daylights out of you, we look at some ways of getting them off (so that you can bludgeon them – much more fun). Continue reading

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Bunkai For Karate/TKD’s Shuto Uke and Wing Chun’s Fun Sau

We take a look at Karate bunkai for Shuto Uke (knife hand block). However, if you raise the elbow to the side and perform the strike/block with the forearm parrallel to the floor, it looks very much like Wing Chun’s Fun Sau stike. Continue reading

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