Bunkai ThemesPublished 04/12/2013
Bunkai: Every Kata has a duality of theme: one for performing the Kata as a standalone form (Kata Competence), and the other for applying the techniques to combat (Kata Combat). This notion is outlined in my article in the downloads section of the website.

The following point is something that I want to expand upon: In some cases a collection of Kata share the same overall theme and are linked by the theme itself. The Heian/Pinan Kata series are all separate Kata in their own right and each require different levels of competence when performing them correctly. When grouped as a series of Kata, they show logical effective combative progression.

The theme to explore is not absolute, I choose my own competence themes based on how the Kata feels when performing it, and through analysis combative themes emerge. A theme can be anything that gives the training a functional goal to exploit, or a skill to isolate. 

Currently I'm training hard in the Kata Enpi. A theme I've chosen to focus on is the set of 5 different "Downward Blocks" and how those blocks can be used as both primary and secondary striking motions, clearances, levers for example. My entire study will be documented in eBook form supported with short video clips.

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