This is something that has been discussed on my Facebook page before, but I wanted to go into more depth with it. Most traditional martial arts have been dumbed down. Karate applications (Kata bunkai) were dumbed down when the Okinawans decided to introduce it into their school system in the late nineteenth century. This dumbed down version was taught to the Japanese and from there to the Koreans. Read moreRead More
In the clip below, we look at some applications from the opening sequence of Heian Nidan/Pinan Shodan/Won Hyo. We don’t say that this is necessarily the best or only interpretations for these moves, it just our take on it. Although Heian Nidan and Pinan Shodan are in effect the same kata (just named differently in different styles) and Tae Kwon Do’s Won Hyo pattern is closely based on it; Wing Chun’s Chum Kiu is essentially quite different.
However, some of the moves in Chum Kiu quite closely resemble the opening sequence of Heian Nidan/Pinan Shodan, although is performed quite a bit more tightly. Read moreRead More