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.

Kevin O’Hagan’s Edged Weapons Defence Seminar

Coming up on Sunday 19th September is Kevin O’Hagan’s Edged Weapons Defence Seminar.  I’ve only trained with Kevin once before on his Manstoppers Course, but for real world self protection practicality, Kevin has to be one of the best in the UK.  Although he is primarily JuJutsu based, I’ve always felt that learning JuJutsu is like doing a Karate bunkai class (that is not meant in a condescending manner to JuJutsu as I have a lot of respect the art).

A number of the techniques I learned on the Manstoppers course fit hand in glove with my Karate and I thoroughly recommend it to any Karate/TKD/Kung Fu practitioner who wants to learn more about how to use their own art in a practical manner.  If you look carefully, you will usually find that some techniques taught look surprisingly similar to some movements in your katas/patterns/forms that you maybe had not found a practical use for before.

TOPICS TO BE COVERED;

  • VITAL DISTANCING  AND TACTICAL POSITIONING
  • TYPES OF EDGED WEAPON  AND CONCEALMENT AND CARRY
  • TYPES OF ATTACK
  • VITAL POINTS
  • AVOIDANCE AND ESCAPE
  • FIGHTING BACK
  • OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE TECHNIQUES
  • TREATING A KNIFE WOUND

The course is from 11.00am to 3.00pm at the Bristol Dojo, 74-78 Avon Street, St Philip’s, BS2 OPX.  Cost £25.00.  To book your place contact Jake O’Hagan on 07789865284 or jakeohagan@ymail.com.

Here’s a video clip of Kevin in action.  As mentioned above, if Karate/TKD/Kung Fu practitioners look closely, you should recognise some movements from your own katas/forms/patterns.  The video clip is not in the “teaching format” that I prefer for this blog, but you have a look at what this brilliant teacher has to offer you on the course.