Practical Kata Bunkai: Karate Throws





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Published on Jun 28, 2013


This is raw footage from "The Bunkai Bash" in June 2013. For our DVDs, we film in studios with professional cameramen, soundmen, directors and editors. This was done with a pocket camera in a field at the height of the British "Summer" :-)

The sound is not great due to the strong wind, an emergency helicopter landing in an adjacent field, and mobile phone interference. Hopefully you'll be able to follow it though.

This clip shows my take on some of Gichin Funakoshi's nine karate throws as shown in his book, "Karate-Do Kyohan". The throws shown are Katawa Guruma ("Cripple Wheel"), Kubiwa ("Neck Ring") and Byobu Daoshi ("Topple a Folding Screen"). I also briefly touch on Tani-Otoshi ("Valley Drop"); both the technique shown by Funakoshi and the throw that more commonly has that label.

As Funakoshi wrote, "There are many different ways and variations for executing throwing techniques" so what we have here is my variations on the throws. While the throws themselves are largely as Funakoshi shows them, one significant difference is that I teach them firstly from a grip, as opposed to from a blocked punch as Funakoshi does. Enjoy!

All the best,


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