Bunkai Lesson One

Bunkai means to analyse kata to come up with applications (Oyo). In Toshu Jutsu our first kata is called Channan Shodan (known in Shorin Ryu, Shito Ryu and Wado Ryu as Pinan Shodan and in Shotokan as Heian Nidan). I will cross reference my applications with those of Karate Jutsu master Choki Motobu and with reference to the Bubishi.

Move 1: The opening double block, punch and hammerfist.

funakoshiMy opponent swings a punch and I check it. Importantly I am not stepping away from the attack, I am moving right in, to upset his Kuzushi.

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I jam my elbow right in to his chest and keep myself well covered. My none-blocking hand is LIVE to anticipate an attack from the other hand

As I’m close I now strike quickly with the right hand. This is assuming he does not launch a counter strike. We will deal with the counter strike possibility later on.

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Strike in close

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Put the head in for good measure

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The final strike. Note how close I am

Now here’s what is commonly taught for this application. This is BAD SHOTOKAN BUNKAI:

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The distance is too long range, the punches unrealistic and the silly trap would never work. This is bad bunkai

Back to our applications. When we do it on the other side, we’ll vary our response a little bit:

This time our double block is used to entangle the arm, like what Aikido people call an Ude Garami

This time our double block is used to entangle the arm, like what Aikido people call an Ude Garami

If all goes to plan we take the opponent down

If all goes to plan we take the opponent down

But what if the opponent launches a counter strike or does go down?

We wedge into his counter strike, ofsetting his balance

We wedge into his counter strike, ofsetting his balance

And we finish him with a headbutt

And we finish him with a headbutt

Move 2: Kosshi Kamae, side kick and backfist (Shotokan uses side kick, Wado, Shorin etc use front kick)

Youre not going to believe this, but originally the kick wasnt this high

Youre not going to believe this, but originally the kick wasnt this high

From the previous move we now kick him to the knee

From the previous move we now kick him to the knee

Finish him with a strike

Finish him with a strike

This doesnt work kids

This doesnt work kids

And drop the elbow on him - hey look - a Shuto!

And drop the elbow on him – hey look – a Shuto!

Move 3: The Teisho Nukite

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Instead of the usual pat and spear to the chest well try something different

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He has punched and I have eveloped his arm and pushed his head down – I could throw him Aikido fashion like a Kaiten Nage from here, and when I thrust my right hand in to push his head down, it hgives the appearance of the spear hand

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As I step in with the spear hand, I decide to knee him instead of throwing him

Move 4: The big scooping Uchi Ude Uke, kick and punch

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This is from Henri Plees book

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Instead of a punch he swings a roundhouse kick which I scoop and get inside – uchi ude uke

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Headbutt just because

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Instead of kicking my rising leg movement sweeps his leg and then this happens

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My punch

Opening application as seen in the Bubishi

Opening application as seen in the Bubishi

Final takedown as seen in the Bubishi

Final takedown as seen in the Bubishi

 

Choki Motobu using the opening block and checking the counter attack

Choki Motobu using the opening block and checking the counter attack

Note how Motobu aims his kicks at the knee

Note how Motobu aims his kicks at the knee

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