My obsession lately is with Bunkai, and the breaking down of Kata and examining its limitless number of possible applications. Quite simply, the more I know, the more I realize I don’t know. I study the videos of Iian Abernethy and Didier Lupo and I am enthralled. They take what looks to be a simple technique ‘out of the box’ and give it combat application – a new life.
Take for instance the series of moves in JION pictured here. Defense against a Bo staff? Defense and palm-heel strikes while barreling into an opponent? A block, arm grab, arm break and a throw as pictured below?
In my humble opinion the answer is Yes: all of the above.
The study of Kata is a whole new world of Karate.
I have two criteria when looking at and applying an application to a move (or moves) in Kata: it has to be simple, it has to work. Face it, tying to apply some fancy move in a competition or a street confrontation will probably get your arse kicked.
I tend to stick with the fighting advice of Sensei Bruce Lee. ‘Avoid it, but if you can’t, get it done!!”