Tekki/Naihanchi Shodan - Partner To Pad Drill

Brian Bates practising kata
Brian Bates demonstrating Karate kata

I saw this video today and liked it, so I thought I’d share it.

It features Brian Bates, 4th Dan of Zanshin Karate Academy who I’ve had some interaction with via Facebook. He’s very good at Karate kata practical applications (bunkai) having trained with many of the top kata bunkai experts in the UK and also having a background in Aiki Jujutsu, which gives him considerable extra insights.

This video looks at the Karate kata, Tekki/Naihanchi Shodan. What’s clever about it, which you don’t often see, is that he demonstrates the applications to the kata movements with a partner, and he also does them with pads so that you practice and hit the target hard at the same time. So without further ado, here’s Brian’s video:

Karate strangle
Brian gives a student an affection hug!!

You can see more of Brian’s videos on his Youtube channel. He has a very straight forward no-nonsense approach with no ego, just a genuine willingness to learn and share.

If you’re interested in training with Brian or hiring him to teach a seminar for your club/association, you can contact Brian through his website at www.ZanshinKarateAcademy.com or his clubs Facebook page.



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