Karate is largely based on Kung Fu; it even used to be called China-Hand. So naturally, when I get together to with my long standing friend, Kung Fu Sifu Keith McKay Cormack; we often compare ideas and cross reference movements that are similar in our different styles. Every time I learnt some application from him, I made it a practice to look at my Karate kata’s to see if we had the same movement. Most of the time we did; so almost everything I learnt from Kung Ku would enhance my own Karate knowledge. I wasn’t just learning another style, I was learning more about my own primary style of Karate.
So when I decided to make the Download Inside Bassai Dai, it was only logical to invite my friend Keith to work with me. The result download, Inside Bassai Dai is a set of bunkai which contains the best insights and principles from 2 different systems.
Considering Karate is normally regarded as a long range fighting system of strikes, blocks and kicks; you may be quite surprised to find out how much of this actually turns out to be close range; including throws, locks, restraints, escapes, vulnerable points and more.