Top 3 Bunkai Levels in Martial Arts

You’ve been training for months or years
and you want to figure out what you’ve been drilling on or how to use the
techniques that you’ve been taught maybe you want to break down the movements or
break down your kata movements to see how they could be used in self-defense
or in sport today we’re going to talk about the different levels of break down
called Bunkai stay tuned we’ll talk about it welcome to Shihan’s Dojo Shihan Marty
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new video coming out the question for today is what techniques do you want to
break down from your martial arts go ahead tell us down there in the comments
so we can at least try to get a discussion going here there’s always
been a controversy on techniques and how to break them down and what their uses
and purposes are many people don’t realize that if they’re doing
combinations of techniques they have to break them down also to see how to
figure em out most people attribute this to something
called bunkai and Japanese people out there are probably saying well I don’t
take karate what do I need to know bunk I for understanding the levels of bunkai
it helps us understand our techniques that we’ve been taught or that we’ve
been trying to train our body to understand so we’re going to talk about
the different levels of bunkai and possibly how you can apply them to with
what you’re trying to do in order to really get good at bunkai
you have to synthesize and deduce the actions you’re doing in synthesizing
this you help yourself in order to build on your knowledge and your muscle memory
and everything that follows along with it now over the years I’ve seen many
controversies that have happened with the ideas of the levels of bunkai was
first introduced to me by Professor George Anderson out of Akron Ohio when I first
met him he had broke him down that the Japanese used four levels of
understanding for bunkai however many the ideas I presented for him he brought
in two possibilities of bunseki or Oyo which we covered in the last video if
you want to see more about it in the end I had basically broken down this into
the three categories that he thought they should be placed in I will go
through and mention some of the other ways that it was originally attributed
to but I understand how he was trying to group it in what we should be doing with
it now first thing we’re going to talk about is salient
ordinary interpretation and understanding the salient interpretation
one has to realize you’re trying to understand the features and the details
of that technique in order to use them or change them as necessary this is
quite common the way people would leave you a technique that is being done
say like if it’s a downward block they will say it’s going to be used for a
front kick or a low punch if it’s a reverse punch or all it’s quite obvious
they’re gonna punch somebody somewhere so basically you’re dealing with the
general technique and its general purpose when you’re looking at it from a
salient type of position this is how most beginners are often the ones who
only see this level of breakdown they’re often taught how they are used by the
instructor what they are used for but they never get the advanced principles
which we’ll cover in a second but it’s important to note that you have to be
able to break down what the basic thing is you’re trying to accomplish with that
technique in order to better understand them the second level is called
self-defense interpretation from the original standpoint this is a
combination of both self-defense and the counters to the self-defense you’re
trying to apply is simply being that if you throw a self-defense technique
somebody might know it and then they might be able to counter it thereby
stopping your self-defense interpretation so basically it was a
further breakdown of how you handle that type of self-defense and then it can also
be applied in sparring judo jujitsu MMA however you look at it these techniques
can be broken down but there’s always going to be somebody who can possibly
counter them so in essence when you’re breaking down at that level you need to
understand that you basically have to break down not only that self-defense
portion but you need to be able to counter the counter to the technique
you’re doing sounds confusing and it is now the self-defense technique has to be
kept as real as possible you can’t go around using fake self-defense without
trying it out on somebody test it with a big person test it with a small person
somebody your own size etc because in reality if you can’t make that
self-defense real it’s not a good bunkai to use this includes sports so if
you’re a smaller person you’re trying to punch somebody in the face all the time
you’re probably having to come up and losing all your power and doing so yeah
I realize in sport that most of Mourne weight divisions and stuff like that but
sometimes a height can be a variance that you have to take into consideration
and even then you need to fight people of different heights so you can
understand how effective that technique or those techniques that you’re using
can really be done if you follow this common logic you can see how if you’re
throwing something you want to be able to control the situation if somebody
actually knows how to counter the self defense interpretation you’re trying to
do and doing so you have to understand that’s a different level this is a
personal level now that your person has to understand these self defense
techniques you have to break down use a partner
see how it’s applied with them and go from that standpoint right there without
the partner they can’t see how to effectively use these techniques the
third one is called basically vital interpretation it used to be known as
kenka and kata mate but these Japanese terms cannot readily be interpreted so
facing this professor Anderson called this vital interpretation with the vital
interpretation of you are trying to accomplish you have to understand where
and how to hit somebody it’s not as easy as a person might think but this vital
interpretation is how is this technique best used against an opponent and
understanding how that technique is used you can provide a more efficient and
effective way of handling a situation albeit self-defense or control later
on when you’re thinking about it in bunseki or an Oyo
will begin to see different aspects of it such as what I call an inadvertent
action now an inadvertent action is an action you do without thinking and just
happens all of a sudden sometimes you don’t even know why you did it but in
years of training your muscle memory will get that way and think of it like
this it’s just like when Bruce Lee was talking about and he said I do not hit
it hits all by itself that’s actually what the inadvertent side of Oyo comes
into play it’s done instinctively at a subconscious level and done mindlessly
without thought the Japanese have a different type of thing called no mind
and I think that kind of falls into the category when you’re understanding how
to break down these levels as well as taking it to bunseki and Oyo you need
to make sure you understand timing distance reaction movement body angles
whatever is necessary for that break down now I hope this has made some sense
to you guys out there and if you’re having questions please write them in
the comments I’ll talk about him and try to walk you through my way of thinking I
don’t always say mine’s completely correct because I don’t know everything
however knowledge is an important thing to build upon when you
understand that you’ll be able to not only to improve yourself but help others
to and be able to talk at a good level I know many people out there that thought
I was trying to redefine the Kata’s when my last video came out it’s not true
kata is even mentioned throughout judo jujutsu
and it was a two-man exercise that was broken down check it out people it is
out there so any techniques you’re trying to do in combination or even
singly becomes a kata so no matter how you look at it you’re going to have to
break it down with this type of a bunkai level now sorry for this video and
anything’s wrong with the day I apologize we had a hard drives crash
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you want to work on in your own style to break them down if you have any
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2 Replies to “Top 3 Bunkai Levels in Martial Arts

  1. In this video, we break down the levels of Bunkai, and how its used at a beginning level that leads up to Bunseki and Oyo. Have any questions leave them in the comment so we can discuss any possible information overlooked or learn something from you guys that even I didn't know.

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