Welcome to Bunkai TV
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.  
Our archive of video clips for last year can be found here.  Also  2016 is available, and here for 2015, here for 2014, here for 2013 and here for even older.  
Of course, these are only snapshots compared to what is available on our DVDs, Downloads, and in our Books.
The most recent DVDs from John Burke (me) can be found here.  
This year's videos for 2018 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.

Week 46

We look at ushirogeri, the back kick.  It occurs as part of jumps in kata like Kanku Sho and Unsu.  Here we isolate it to look at another context...

Week 45

Size isn't everything... Our example is from Bassai Dai or Kanku Sho, it's the "tiger mouth" technique, toraguchi...

Week 44

What is usually described as a "block" from Tekki Shodan/Naihanchi is here shown to illustrate the basic principle of kata application: The Move Hits The Opponent...

Here's a little bonus, following a discussion on the Bunkai Strategies Facebook group, about Manji Gamae, or manji uke 

Here are the other videos from 2018:

Here are some cool books that came recently:  My colleague and friend in Tokyo, Joe Swift sensei, released "The Essence of Naha-te"; There are 2 new 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 new for March 2016 King Wu, a look at the 7 virtues of Bu; and 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.
You can see our free clips on our Youtube channel
and stay in touch on Facebook Bunkai Strategies Group
If you would like to Download and keep our video clips for your collection (and possible portable viewing), then we have the following available:
Bunkai Strategies 2012 (Complete - 34 video clips)  $10
Bunkai Strategies 2013 week 1- 50 just $29.95 for 4 hours of footage
Bunkai Strategies 2014 week 1-50   just $50 for over 4 hours of footage about core principles.
Bunkai Bootcamp 2013 Rough Cut (3 hours 27 minutes of tuition from 4 days of teaching principle after principle)  $125
B.A.M.A. Seminar 2013 (weekend course tuition by Neil Ellison 5th dan sensei, John Burke 5th dan sensei, & Martyn Harris 5th dan sensei - Xing Yi, bunkai, and Kempo principles in action)   $29.95 
Heian Bunkai Workshop Roughcut video footage from 18th January 2014 available now at $29.95
Pressure Points in Kata Bunkai  1 hour video download now available at $24.95
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 The videos on this page are copyright John Burke 2014, 2015,2016, 2017 & 2018.
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.
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