When I decided to make the DVD Inside Bassai Dai, I wanted to make sure that the bunkai (applications) were as realistic and pragmatic as possible. I wanted to teach bunkai that people could actually use to defend themselves against un-cooperative real world assailants. Isn’t that what we originally took up Karate for in the first place?
Furthermore, to give a unique and deeper insight into this beautiful but deadly kata, I invited my friend and Kung Fu Sifu, Keith McKay Cormack to work with me on making this DVD.
The original bunkai intended by the creating Okinawan masters has been lost. However, the old Okinawan’s masters learnt primarily Chinese martial arts, so it’s obvious that Chinese martial arts holds some of the hidden secrets to what the creating Okinawan masters would have been thinking at the time they created their kata. Obvious really when you stop to think about it!
The result is a set of bunkai which contains the best insights and principles from 2 different systems. The power and directness of Karate blended with the subtlety and close quarters knowledge of Kung Fu, makes this DVD as relevant in today’s world as it would have been back when Bassai Dai was first created.
Inside Bassai Dai teaches real world practical kata bunkai to defend yourself against common street assaults like grabs, throttles, hay-makers, etc., which you should expect in real street self defense scenario’s against seriously vicious attackers (not classical Karate stepping punches).
But don’t take my word for it, see what some very senior martial artist have to say about it (including world renowned Masters Kousaku Yokota (8th Dan), Geoff Thompson and Kevin O’Hagan):-
“This DVD delivers a down to earth and realistic look at the often misunderstood Kata of Karate. Simple to follow and easy to understand. It is great to see Charlie Wildish incorporating my ABC system of manstoppers in his Karate. It is a must have principle for any serious combat martial artist. Good work Charlie”
Kevin O’Hagan: 7th Dan Combat Ju Jutsu & 7th Dan British Combat Association.
“Imaginative, practical and effective bunkai applications presented in a refreshingly relaxed manner. It’s as simple as ABC!”
Rob Jones: 5th Dan Shotokai Karate.
“This DVD is a must for any true Karateka who is interested in uncovering the essence of Bunkai and understanding the true meaning of of kata”
Mark Winkler: 6th Dan Wado Ryu Karate and qualified Systema Instructor.
“This video is unpretentious, straight forward, and focused on content instead of flashiness. As such I feel it does justice to the spirit of Karate”
Matt Apsokardu: 4th Dan Okinawan Kenpo Karate.
“Over the holidays I had a very pleasant experience watching on Shotokan bunkai DVD. It is called Inside Bassai Dai created by Sensei Charlie Wildish, UK. I found the bunkai in it to be realistic and easy to learn. He demonstrates how some of the techniques are applied. I was particularly pleased to see the application for the double uchi uke (inside forearm blocks). He interprets them as a uke followed by a uraken”.
Shihan Kousaku Yokota: 8th Dan Shotokan Karate & Author.
“Shotokan has always been my base system, so it was fascinating for me to watch the Charlie Wildish DVD on Bassai Dai, and come away with so much new information about this powerful kata and its origins. I particularly like the historical element about Sokon Matsumura (who created the kata) and how, when & why he created the “grappling kata”. I got a lot from this DVD and highly recommend it”.
Geoff Thompson: 7th Dan, co-founder of the British Combat Association, author of 34 books, 5 multi award winning films and BAFTA winner