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. Continue reading “Kata Bunkai for Shorin Ryu Pinan Shodan (Heian Nidan)” »
This is one of my favourite TKD clips from Jason Burgess, 5th Dan TKD, from the Ch’ang Hon Wells TKD club. It is a demonstration of various applications given at the 2008 GTI Open.
In the first 2 clips, Matthew and his training partner are “freestyling” multiple applications to sequences from TaeKwonDo patterns. As you will you see, each sequence has multiple applications. In the last clip, Matthew focuses on multiple applications for the lower block, giving different applications for TKD and Karate chambering. Continue reading “Practical TaeKwonDo” »