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Clearing Guard Bunkai for Opening Moves of Pinan Shodan

In self-defense, we are fighting in order to escape, not to “win the fight.” Thus, a primary target for our striking is the head, with the goal of knocking the enemy out, or at least to knocking him to the ground, so that we can then escape or deal with other attackers. However, if you

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Clinch Fighting Bunkai for Pinan Shodan

Physical confrontations often end up in the clinch, for a variety of reasons. Generally, the enemy tries to control the victim with the clinch, or the defender may be successfully striking the enemy, who then clinches up to stop the striking. Whatever the reason may be, the clinch is not a good place to be

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Hair Grab Bunkai Drill for Pinan Shodan

We usually think of hair grabbing as part of youth or adolescent schoolyard bullying and fighting. However, assaults against women often involve hair grabbing, mainly because women generally have long hair (or hair long enough to grab) that is easy to grab and pull. Women on women assault often includes hair grabbing (women know it’s

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Wrist Grab Bunkai Drill for Pinan Shodan

The enemy may cross grab our lead hand to pull it down and strike our head. The opening movements of Pinan Shodan can be used to deal with that common attack. This video provides a basic instruction to the drill, as well as a demonstration for using target mitts to work on the counter strikes.

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Flinch Response Bunkai Pad Drill for Pinan Shodan

Working bunkai drills with a partner at varying degrees of compliance is crucial to our self-defense kata application training. However, the flaw in partner drills is that you cannot hit your partner at full speed and power. So, we practice by pulling our techniques. But, we need to train at full speed and power as

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Flinch Response Bunkai Drill for Pinan Shodan

The Pinan (Heian) kata were designed to teach basic self-defense so that if you mastered all five kata, you could effectively keep yourself safe or at peace. Some translate pinan as peaceful mind, but a better translation from the Chinese (Anko Itosu who created these forms admired and was influenced by Chinese culture, as was

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Basic Strike Cover Clinch Drill

Self-defense combat contexts are usually very fast, furious, chaotic, and violent. We don’t have time to dance around, test out our opponent, use feints, fakes, and blocks that are generally effective in consensual sparring contexts. This drill is a very basic drill designed for beginners to become more comfortable with pre-emptive striking, covering when overwhelmed,

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Fukyugata Ni End Portion Bunkai Drill 2

The “U-punch” technique at the end of Fukyugata Ni is a technique that appears in several ancient karate kata. Even though Fukyugata Ni is a modern kata created in 1941 by Chojun Miyagi, founder of Goju Ryu, this technique clearly is foundational to Okinawan karate. In this video, we examine another possible application for this

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Fukyugata Ni End Portion Bunkai Drill 1

Since kata is a basic syllabus for dealing with common attacks, we should try to interpret the movements, techniques, and sequences in kata as strategies for self-defense. In this video, we examine one way to interpret and apply the double chest-block motion at the end of Fukyugata Ni as a defense against an attempted tackle

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Fukyugata Ni Middle Portion Bunkai Drills

The middle section of Fukyugata Ni offers effective in-close fighting tactics and techniques, using leg-level front kicks to disrupt the enemy’s body position and posture to set up for various followup strikes, namely an elbow and backfist combination. The kata also recognizes the challenge of being on the inside with the enemy, such that both

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