Assorted kata bunkai (interpretation) demonstrated by David Walker Sensei, 6th Dan, Shintokukai out of the Pinan (Heian), clip 1 and 2.
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Kanku Dai Bunkai
This is a summary of some of the practical and effective applications within the kata Kanku Dai (Kushanku). Kata is alway more interesting to practice when you actually know some realistic applications behind the techniques. We hope you can use these ideas in your own training and teaching and please subscribe to this channel for more exciting karate educational videos in the future.Continue reading Kanku Dai Bunkai
Jion Kata Bunkai
This is a summary of some of the practical and effective applications within the kata Jion. Kata is alway more interesting to practice when you actually know some realistic applications behind the techniques. In the last few decades, many dedicated karateka have begun to search deeper to understand these techniques and reintroduce them to the teaching curriculum. Sensei David Gimberline is presenting his bunkai knowledge about the kata Jion.
Jion – love and grace, temple sound
The Jion is a typical Shotokan kata and is unknown in most other ryu. The name Jion is identical with “Shaolin”. The second standby position Jiai no gamae is identical with the greeting that the Shaolin monks used among themselves. Since the kata has the same name, it is believed that it represents the fighting style of the monks and thus goes back to the origin of martial arts.
Jion in another translation means “love and grace”.
The kata is said to have a deep psychological meaning, and its proper execution is said to resemble the perfected maturity of a Buddha. Its practice conveys perfect harmony in movement, balance of mind, and leads to a direct, effective fighting style.
Through the syllable “Ji”, the Jion has a kinship with the kata Jitte and Ji’in, which today classifies it with the two in a kata group.