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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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Fukyugata Ni Takedown Bunkai

The second basic kata in Matusbayashi-ryu is called Fukyugata Ni. Originally, this is a Goju-ryu kata created by Chojun Miyagi called Gekisai Ichi. In this video, we review a basic bunkai application (influenced by Iain Abernethy’s approach to this kata) and then discuss in detail a takedown application for the opening sequence, which applies the

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Chest Block, Hammer Fist, Knee Strike Drill

The chest block, or chudan uke, is a foundational technique in all karate. However, we should realize that it is not limited to just blocking or protecting the chest level of our body. There are many other applications for this technique. Here, we are examining the windup and chest-block motion as striking the back of

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Chest Block Kihon Drill 1 with Pads

Chest-blocks are versatile techniques that can be effective counter-attacks. This drill explores ways to use the outside chest block followed by an inside chest block as a defensive response to a wild punch or sucker punch. Key combative principles here are using the larger surface area of the forearms to help guarantee effective striking (it’s

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Jodan Uke Knee Strike Defense

Knee strikes are excellent self-defense tactics. However, many attackers also know how to punish victims with explosive, damaging knee strikes. We need to know how to deliver powerful knee strikes but also how to defend against them and to regain the offensive in an encounter. This video discusses how to use a basic low block,

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