With Iain Abernethy, author of multiple books & DVD’s and Chief International Coach of the World Combat Association

Charlie being demonstrated on by Russell Stutely, World leader in pressure point fighting.

Deeper Understanding

Bunkai Jutsu is for experienced martial artists who are looking for a deeper understanding and a more meaningful experience of the art they love.

My name is Charlie Wildish and this is exactly what I found myself pursuing some years ago, well, decades actually! I was a 2nd Dan and felt that my training had plateaued yet I knew that there was so much more available to me that simply wasn’t being taught.

Now don’t get me wrong, the people that I trained with were very good at what they did…I just felt that what they did was very narrow in focus; they all had a high standard in basics, Kata, etc., yet the real world practical applications were rarely being taught and much of what was taught clearly would never work in reality!

Here’s a clue; most thugs won’t attack you with martial arts techniques…yet this is exactly what we were being taught to defend against practically all of the time! Nobody seemed to question this!

That is, except for me…

As for defusing a situation when somebody makes that dreaded impolite enquiry, “who the f**k you looking at”, this wasn’t even discussed!


Charlie being demonstrated on by Sensei John Johnston, former professional doorman and teacher to the legendary Geoff Thompson.

In addition self development was rarely mentioned and even if it was it only at on surface with topics like confidence, focus and self discipline (and I can assure you that there is much more available to you than this).

I wanted a deeper practical understanding of my art so during the early 90’s I started looking further afield to find answers:

My search led me to two different Sensei’s, both of whom had a much better idea of applications, including pressure points, restraints, locks, take downs, pre-emptive strikes etc. I learned more relaxed fluid technique which generated more impact for less effort and they had a more of a philosophical background.

I also practised Wing Chun Kung Fu and Tai Chi, both of which gave me more insights into how my own Karate should be.

I participated in seminars with some of the Worlds leading authorities in applied martial arts (both Karate and non Karate).

I was introduced to Reality Based Martial Arts where dealing with the emotional response to conflict, using assertive body language and voice to deter a would-be attacker and how to defuse a confrontation along with the legal implications of defending yourself were taught.

I learnt about how criminals/thugs select their victims and the psychology of violence.

I also began to deepen my understanding of self development to better understand how the mind works. I explored whatever i could from the effect of emotions upon learning, the ability to silence the inner voice, meditation, spirituality, NLP and more.

I started to connect the dots between self development, martial arts and self defence and trust me, it goes so much further than just confidence and focus!

For example, why is it that Kung Fu is often associated with Taoism or Buddhism, Japanese martial arts are often connected with Zen and Korean martial art are often connected with, well, loud flashy uniforms?! (just kidding Korean stylists!)

These very powerful philosophies have long since been connected with martial arts.

Why? Because in a real conflict/fight, the most important part of the body is the mind! What you think, how you think and how you react is more important than the physical techniques.

Charlie being demonstrated on Marc McYoung, internationally renowned personal safety instructor, and the author of several books.

Charlie with Rory Miller, author, former Prison Officer, a Tactical Team member/Leader; and has taught corrections and enforcement personnel skills from first aid to physical defense to crisis communication and mental health.

This is why the ancient masters studied these philosophies; they make you a better martial artist! It’s not just the warm fluffy stuff on the inside, it’s an important component that is so rarely incorporated into our art form.


With Dan Harden, teacher of internal power (applicable to all martial arts)

With Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, former Professional Karate Association Middleweight Champion kickboxer for almost six years, and co-star to Jackie Chan

These philosophies won’t clash with any faith that you may follow, but having control of your mind and emotions, especially when facing conflict, will give you a huge advantage as a martial artist.

Who today is teaching these or any philosophies alongside martial arts? Who is helping martial artists to develop from within through self development?

Next to nobody.

You don’t actually have to study Taoism, Buddhism, Zen (though it would be a good thing if you can). The point is that it’s about have an organised approach to self-development. Most of these philosophies have a lot of over-lap and the most important parts are common to each and also common to most Western self-development teachings! So as long as we’re learning something, we’re going in the right direction (no need to shave your head bald and walk around in orange robes)!

Having developed a much more fulfilling and deeper experience of my martial arts (and life in general), it is my how mission to help you to do the same.

Perhaps you find yourself in the same situation that I was in all those years ago?

Well, BunkaiJutsu is here to help you to move forward, understand more deeply and to have a more complete experience of your art and ultimately help you to develop a more fulfilling life!

  • BunkaiJutsu has lots of free content split into a number of different categories to help you find your main area(s) of interest.
  • Supported by it’s own Youtube Channel.
  • A Facebook community page where you can discuss, ask questions and share idea with other experienced martial artists.
  • Some Video Downloads going into more detail in certain areas.
  • Coming soon, a detailed on-line course consisting of video tutorials supported by Skype meetings for person one to one instruction.

Some of the endorsements I’ve had from leading martial artists around the World for my video downloads include:

“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

“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.

“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, USA.

From my Youtube Channel:
“Thank you, you know you have the best content on technique out there? I have watched 100s of videos and been in the Dojo nearly a year and no one comes even close to the clarity of the “fundamentals” as you do. No one is even close to your ability to explain and break things down. Simon Scher is the only one remotely close. Outstanding”.
A Singh

“Finally someone who made me understand what kime really is”.
A Stoj

“Extremely valuable information. Had so many karate teachers, nobody taught this”.
Francis Huang

“Essential and timely lesson! True Budo”!
Yerkebulan Smaiy