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The Basics of Bunkai – Part 8

Welcome to the final part of The Basic of Bunkai - Part 8. In this series of articles we've been exploring the basics of...

The Basics of Bunkai Part 7

This series of articles explores the basics of "bunkai" (kata application). Over the last six parts we've been discussing the fundamentals of this vitally...

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 6

In this series of articles we've been looking at the basics of "bunkai" (kata application). The purpose of these articles is to introduce the...

The Basics of Bunkai: Part 5

In this series of articles we've been looking at the basics of "bunkai" (kata application). The purpose of these articles is to introduce the...

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 4

Welcome to the fourth part of the basics of bunkai series. "Bunkai" refers to the analysis and the practical application of the techniques of...

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 3

In this series of articles we are exploring the basics of bunkai or kata application. The aim of these articles is to open up...

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 2

In this second article, we'll be looking at the basic application (bunkai) for the knife-hand block or "shuto-uke". As we established in The Basics...

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 1

Kata (formal forms) were regarded as the cornerstone of martial arts training by the past masters. However, many modern karate practitioners question the value...

Katas: Closing the Skill Gap

Although they are often derided by the uninitiated for their perceived lack of practicality, the katas are the key to ensuring karate remains a...

Kata: Lock or a Key

In this article I'd like to briefly discuss some of the ways in which we can view kata, and how, if we adopt a...

Kata: Why Bother

There are many differing views on the value of kata. Kata is regarded by some to be the very 'soul' of the martial arts....

The Four Stages of Kata Practice

Practically all karateka practice kata; however, most only practice the initial stage and therefore they do not develop a rounded and more complete understanding...

A Brief History of Kata

If you are interested in the effective and realistic use of the combative methods recorded within kata, it is important that you have some...