3 Practical Kata Bunkai Secrets With Iain Abernethy & Jesse Enkamp

100 Replies to “3 Practical Kata Bunkai Secrets With Iain Abernethy & Jesse Enkamp

  1. How would an existing kata look if it was converted to taking steps, as if it were just an opponent, instead of turning in a direction?

  2. Missed opportunity on the 270 degree turns in Katas. You could be moving your weight forward landing your right foot in their center, get a right under hook and left over hook. Point the heel on that right leg planted towards them and turn your body followed by your left leg sweeping around. We drill this in our club. Now in practice you probably wouldn't turn 270 degrees but it is important practice torquing your body like you're going to complete the turn, making sure you engage as much of your core as possible for the throw.

  3. Brilliant video! Is there any chance you could publish a video with this type of analysis of Heian Shodan for instance?

  4. Thank you for the kind words everyone! It was a fun conversation – at a fun event! – and I’m pleased people are enjoying the resulting video. Keep an eye out for the other videos and the podcast we did too! Thanks for this Jesse! Happy birthday! 🙂 Martial Map link here: https://iainabernethy.co.uk/content/martial-map-free-audio-book

  5. Really enjoyed that thank you Sensei Jesse and Sensei Ian – learning is growth and wow am really growing with all of this

  6. The hikite is also found in boxing. Some of the hardest punchers: Jack Dempsey, Rocky Marciano, and Manny Pacquiao do it. They do it almost all the time, to produce more power, and they simply rely on their aggression to protect their faces. If their opponent is too shocked to punch back, they don't even have to guard their jaws!

  7. Brilliant video, love the explanations and concepts… nothing worse than someone telling you something doesn’t work because it’s not text book! I have a list of injury’s which prevent text book Kata. So I have no choice but to practice Kata in its natural form… thanks guys 😎🥋🇬🇧

  8. A lot of kata movements are found in RBSDs like Tony Blauer's spear, so I believe you. They're made for self defense!

  9. I believe most moves are lost because of sports karate, in sports karate you give up 95% of real karate. The bone crunching moves which are not aloud lol

  10. Just great. All Iain's concepts in a nutshell. This guy is a professor! Read almost all his books. He is very enthusiastic and inspiaring.

  11. Thank you Sensei Jesse and Sensei Ian for all the passion and knowledge that you are sharing with us.

  12. So great to see you both in one video. I'm going to watch this video again and again, just like practice of kata. Thank you, Iain and Jesse!

  13. It would be fantastic if either of you did a class with Stephen Wonderboy Thompson. Your style of karate is completely different from his but both work well. Maybe next time youre in America?

  14. thank you for pointing out that traditional methods were designed for practical applications and the static parts in the forms are transitional when in actual use. a lot of current users wait during the static parts as if performing a dance with a partner and waiting for their partner to move, this is what is giving some traditional styles a bad rep in practical defense & combat

  15. It's funny how despite that the way karate stances should be used on a live time fight is a perfectly available knowledge, in the few martial arts movies where karate it's shown, the fighters are stiff and slow like begginers

  16. This is a phenomenal video Sensei Jesse and Sensei Iain. Great information here. I can’t wait to take this back to my dojo and share it with others. I love the 2 of you doing videos together. Great partnership. 2 of my favorites!

  17. Abernathy is so good at explaining Karate Bunkai, that I bought several of his DVDs, and I practice Kung Fu. This video contains basics that even most Black Belt's don't know.

  18. I trained once with Iain Abernathy, and he is a awesome guy and Karate Master. And I love his insights about bunkai,… BTW: I learned a awesome bunkai game from him,… how to diskribe,… you know shuto-uke,… that's all it is,… you attack with shuto-uke, and your opponent blocks you with the first half of it, and attacks you with the second half while you block with the first half of shuto-uke,… And that faster and faster till one can't hold up. Ps: @jesse I hope I'm able to visit a seminar form you once. Because I love the simplisity you describe things.😁 LG Ines

  19. Wow… I enjoyed the insights of this video… Two karate nerds teaching people the reality of karate..

  20. AMAZING VIDEO. Thanks to share it, in the name of all of us, Koryu practitioners, that want to understand, the true meanings of Katas, and want the world to comprehend!!

  21. My god, this is one of the most valuable educational video for Karatekas on the world, this happens when you get 2 geniuses together!!

  22. Hey Jesse, love your channel!! Wondering if you had any advice for me…. I did martial arts through out my youth, and am thinking about getting back into Karate… BUT, every Karate Dojo near me seems pretty mediocre….and i don't have the money to travel the world haha, any advice for this problem? THanks 🙂

  23. We asked for more of these videos and you listened. This is gold. And I'd argue even a step above the already excellent explanation and accessibility of your individual videos.

  24. I hope that Sensei Abernathy writes a book summarizing all of these ideas. Although it would be a big book. Great video!

  25. As a silat practitioner where our Katas are called Jurus, this is an excellent video which explains the purpose and breakdown of the moves brilliantly. Well done guys!!!

  26. Conceptually brilliant; the thinking mans karate. Super delivery; felt like it all soaked in. Made me want to research "PROPRIOCEPTION" and Anko Itosu. Any time you learn about why to do something in life it's powerful. Anytime you realize you have an extra sense; you've just become more than you were a minute ago.

  27. Iain has been a hero for me eversince his first book on bunkai. seems like a great guy to have a pint with too

  28. You two together are great…informative, entertaining and great examples of just good human beings! Thank you for your time and efforts!

  29. Iain has been preaching about fluid movement for a long time…its so important…too many fixed positions in traditional martial arts…he breaks this down and makes this very important subject really interesting…something i have often said we need to practise IN classes not just OUT …not enough flow or pressure testing in traditional martial arts these days…thats y i go to Iain as much as i can…its so simple yet so complicated!! Well done!! Love it. Thank u Iain and Jesse. Hope to get on this course some day.

  30. Oh man do I love being a karate teacher. I always feel like a white belt looking for knowledge and when it comes to explaining bunkai or how to work them, i feel like I'm not giving good advice. But now i have to go through all my stuff again because i have a clear way of work! Amazing!!!

  31. This is a dream come true. Sensei Iain and Jesse collabing for yet another enlightening content.
    Domo Arigato gosaimas 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  32. I enjoyed this video, I don’t practice karate but I like to see people seek the true meaning behind the katas. A lot of martial arts are a shadow of what they were due to being diluted over the years, by people who either didn’t understand or adapted what they were originally taught.
    I would recommend you get in touch with Alan Jones from the Uk. He is an ex karate man who is head of Tabimina Balintawak in Europe. His understanding of the hidden techniques in karate kata is second to none.

  33. I enjoy this talk show formatted instructional video! They have discussed the purpose of kata, which is like a flowchart of choices the defender must make in any given situation. Thank you, gentlemen!

  34. It is my greatest loss that the internet came so late in my life. I have done martial arts since I was thirteen. Messing about, copying what I saw, joining various schools, learning kata and forms with little explanations to what everything was for. Kata for belts, and nothing more. It wasn't until my youth was gone that I got some deeper instruction here and there, and then to find the practical guys on youtube. This stuff needs to be shouted from the rooftops. It needs to be ground into every new white belt standing there with awkward feet and flailing arms. Preferably long before they have wasted 30 years thinking Kata was just kept for tradition with no use or purpose.

  35. Nice video!!! I learn a lot about kata bunkai through these illustration. Goes well with my other martial art studies.

  36. Brother Iain. Always the best explanations! You promised to come visit Okinawa. It's now 7 years. Get on the plane 🙂

  37. We are miles away different clotures languages and still we talk about so similar things! Karate is connecting people!

  38. thank you very much sensei. This was very helpful. I hope I get a chance to meet you in August. Love your Channel

  39. The tricks teachers (of asian martial arts) use to lead their students almost always are misleading. Why not just teach stuff straightforward like in any other (western) sport? Why not teach a grab but do something completely different and and give it a fancy name lke "hiki te"? Most of asian martial arts seems to be finding a halfway decent explanation for all the weird stuff they'll make you do. Wax on, wax off. In the end it all just means, they don't seem you fit for the real explanation in the first place.

  40. ohh this makes a lot of sense now. It really explain the questions I have about traditional martial art view as "static" and stiff looking. Abernethy sensei is so good at explaining that even someone who never practice Karate like me can understand what kata is meant for.

  41. I love this video two knowledgeable practioners talking practical sense and explaining techniques & application that's methodical.

  42. Yeah man, that's some real content, very interesting many of those theoretical points Abernathy raised is something I have thought of myself. I have a request that you post basic ukes how to do them and then I will ponder on their applications. I have one devastating uke (don't know it's name) which can be done to get armbar plus headbutt and superior position to throws or locks.

    On a less serious note Jesse what's the name of this karate style? https://youtu.be/tyn-wz5Mk_I

  43. I do ITF Taekwondo and the number of times you actually realise in live sparring you are using stance shifts out of patterns/kata is surprising, I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise as I'm sure that's what they were designed for in reality😊. I suspect something got lost in translation along the way in a lot of modern interpretation so I really like these videos and Iain Abernathy is great my instructors Ian and Zoey Fendt have attended one of his seminars and they rate him highly also.
    I love Jesse Enkamp no ego at all wants to learn all the time, how all martial artists should aspire to be.

  44. I was skeptical at first. However, as I continued to watch I enjoyed the information/illustration of the material presented.

  45. The main problem with kata is you don't know that's what it is intended for someone has given you a screwdriver and you don't know what a screwdriver is so you're trying to find a practical application for it

  46. Pure awesome-sauce! So many people never learn the bunkai of any given kata, and assume the forms are useless, but you two make it obvious they're extremely practical. This video will help me develop my own self-defenses and kata bunkai for my sandan test!

  47. Great explanation. But not so secret. You see, I practice Goju ryu Shodokan lineage and since Gekisai Dai Ichi (our first kata) my sensei (and his) explains us the bunkai in several ways with all the stuff you show here. I think there's a lack of comprehension from many sensei. It is absolutely fundamental that whatever the style, the founders' (Funakoshi, Mabuni, Miyagi, etc.) works be read and put to use, otherwise karate is just another sport. Look for the roots of the art in the early Okinawa masters.

  48. I have been fortunate. I started my Karate and Jiu Jitsu studies together 42 years ago . My style of Karate is Goshindo Kempo , and Hakko Ryu ( Samurai) Jiu Jitsu .
    So there are no Kata .
    However having come continued my studies. And competition.
    Karate 85-86 East Coast US Champion
    Along with Kickboxing and Judo ( East Coast Champion 95-96 , World Masters Champion 1999 Bronze 2005 .
    Renzo Gracie BJJ Open Champion 2008 .
    When I began to learn the Shotokan Kata . I always interpreted it the same way .
    I’m 5’10” 215 lbs and so Im was always an inside Fighter anyway. ( Boxing peekaboo style and cross arm) .
    So it always seemed very Natural to me .
    Excellent Video.
    I would also add that because it was Professor Kano who Championed Okinawan Karate.
    That it was recognized by the Kodokan as the best Striking ( Atemi) System that complimented the inside Judokas position.
    It’s also why the Sweeps and throws are interchangeable between the two systems.
    It’s Kodokan and Shotokan for a reason my friends .

  49. 🥋 Thanks for your awesome comments! 🌟 Check out my website to learn more about Karate: http://www.karatebyjesse.com 😄👍

  50. i'm not a karate expert of ANY kind and I swear to you I came up with the same philosophy of putting your hand to work and its purpose of hand fighting mechanic when he talks about it at 15:16

  51. I love these segments with Iain. I read one of his books as a lowly shodan and it helped me to see in a different way.

  52. Another point about the fist at the side when punching. We were taught that fists going out always had the opportunity to punch. When the fist are coming back, they have the chance to grab something on the opponent as it comes back. Punching with the other hand, as they pull back. Alm This Sensei knows his stuff. I heard very few people that are actually knew the reason why.
    I'm very impressed.

  53. You light my path with last 5 minute and now i think about how i lost what i know in path of teacher depressing still its in the past now im new and train hard like old times thank you so much both of you sensei

  54. 16:30 this is were kickboxing came be a thing and we all love kickboxing.
    People think its a type of Muay Thai, but it was invented in Japan and represented Karate at Lumpinee Stadium in 1964.

  55. I would really love to see more videos of Sensei Abernethy with you explaining the stances and and bunkai.
    In my dojo we dont have those explanations so this is a great help and it is really interesting because thing make sense when taught like that!
    Keep up the great work, Jesse sensei!

  56. OK, I'm being a bit of a dick but… Any videos of Iain Abernethy against a resisting opponent? I'm sure he's great at Karate, but since this is supposed to be practical self defence is there any evidence that this stuff is effective?

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