Our main site is www.bunkai.co.uk. That's where you can find our range of Karate Kata Bunkai DVDs, Books, and Downloads.
On this page we share the video clips about practical applications to moves from Karate kata. They are a taster of what is on the DVDs. Over the years we have featured our core concepts for Kata bunkai, examples of various moves, and answered viewers' questions.
Karate-do is The Way of the Empty Hand.
Kata are the formal exercises practiced in that tradition.
Bunkai means analysis, and most people take it to mean application.
Truthfully, Oyo is a better term, meaning use or apply.
Our Oyo features realistic responses to the common types of physical attack. They are used close-in, and they happen to look just like the moves from traditional Karate kata.
These are part of what we are discussing in the Bunkai Strategies Newsletter. This is a free subscription for our readers and viewers.
Bunkai Strategies has been running for a few years now, with more than 300 videos to view.
The most recent DVDs from John Burke (me) can be found here.
This year's videos for 2020 are to be found here:
Each week we have the free clip here, and the expanded and enhanced version is emailed to Bunkai Gold subscribers as a download for them to keep.
Omote means "surface". Ura is "the back of". Rather than the obvious "bash 'em" application, the ura can reveal other uses. Our example is from Seipai...
Gedan shuto uchi, low knife hand strike. Accompanied by a hand raised to your ear/shoulder. As found in kata like Heian Godan/Pinan Godan or Kanku Dai/Kusanku. Chopping someone down low is always a good application, but can we use the move in a more restrained way...?
First one of 2020! Yamazuki the "mountain punch" from Wankan, although it can also be found in Bassai Dai. Doing a double punch is not impossible, just unlikely. We'll demonstrate here a different use...
Here are some cool books:
My colleague and friend in Tokyo, Joe Swift sensei, released "Itosu Ankoh: Saviour of a Cultural Heritage";
we are also recommending 2 e-books from the publishers of Journal of Asian Martial Arts; Andreas Quast, author of Karate 1.0 has released A Stroll Along Ryukyu Martial Arts History and King Wu, a look at the 7 virtues of Bu;
also, Tales from the Western Generation is newly released by the founder of Ikigai Way:
and at my club the new edition of Hanshi McCarthy's Bubishi translation is required reading: and Legend of the Fist all recommended.
They are produced for the sake of education about the possibilities contained within Karate Kata with relation to self defence. They must not be construed as advice as to what is legally or morally acceptable in any particular part of the world.
As always, martial arts training should be undertaken with the guidance and oversight of a qualified instructor.
Demonstrations shown here are not shown at full speed and power, and the distances have been exaggerated to allow the viewer to understand what is happening.
John Burke's Bunkai Strategies
King Street Studios
John Burke's Bunkai Strategies
Karate Academy, King Street Studios, King Street, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 2LG, United Kingdom