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Shoshin Nagamine Commemorative Video

To commemorate Shoshin Nagamine on the anniversary of his birth (July 15, 1907), here are three bunkai application drills you can work on the heavy bag based upon the kata Nagamine created–Fukyugata Ich.

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Pinan Nidan High Block Sucker Punch Bunkai Drill

High blocks in kata are often interpreted as blocking a technique aimed at the head; however, such an application is unlikely, given that the high block is just too slow (two movements) to block a punch to the head (one movement). In this video, we explore a possible application of the high block as a

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Pinan Nidan Opening Sequence Punch

The opening sequence of Pinan Nidan/Heian Shodan can also be applied as a response to or defense against a sucker punch or a wild, haymaker punch. The kata makes use of the natural flinch response and teaches the combative principle of getting off to the side, away from the enemy’s other striking hand. This drill

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Pinan Nidan High Block Wrist Release 2

In this video, we explore a way to deal with a high wrist grab by straightening the enemy’s arm and thrusting the forearm into the elbow joint, thus significantly damaging the arm. We also look at a few takedown techniques implicit in the big pivot from high block into low block position.

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Pinan Nidan High Block Wrist Release

After the opening sequence of Pinan Nidan/Heian Shodan, there are three high blocks in a linear progression. This video explores a possible application for that sequence: a high wrist release in a clinch scenario. This part of the kata does not use angles to teach us that sometimes, like in a clinch scenario, we cannot

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Pinan Nidan Opening Moves Wrist Release

We explored in a different video how the first part of the opening moves of Pinan Nidan/Heian Shodan can be applied as a pre-emptive strike. In this video, we look at how the second part of the opening sequence–the fade back into cat stance and hammer fist–can be applied as a wrist release in a

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Pinan Nidan Opening Sequence Pre-Emptive Strike

Striking pre-emptively is an important feature of effective self-defense, and many kata present us with different examples of how to strike pre-emptively in order to incapacitate our enemy and to facilitate a safe escape. In this drill, we use the opening sequence of Pinan Nidan/Heian Shodan to get past the enemy’s limbs, move off the

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Pinan Shodan Final Sequence Bunkai Drill

The final sequence in Pinan Shodan/Heian Nidan is the high block, low block, high block set of techniques. In this video, we explore two different ways of dealing with a lapel grab attack. The lapel grab is a common street attack or habitual act of violence (as per Patrick McCarthy’s terminology). As much as possible,

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End Sequence Pinan Shodan Bunkai Drill 1

This first drill for the closing sequence of Pinan Shodan (low block, high block, low block) explores a pre-emptive strike application. This video also explains how these techniques can be used in situations where the enemy tries to control or pull down your lead arm.

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Reinforced Chest Block Bunkai Drills Pinan Shodan

In this video, we explore the use of the reinforced chest block as a transitional position for a basic throw. We work these applications from a haymaker punch and from the basic clinch. The preceding reverse punch in the kata helps destabilize the enemy, as it is difficult to throw someone who is firmly grounded

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