Kata & Bunkai notes & videos



16 Karate Kata & Bunkai Video Courses for Download 
free video streaming for selected kata & bunkai

Based on training in Japan 



Styles & Kata? The founders of the modern styles (Funakoshi founder of Shotokan, Mabuni of Shito-ryu and Miyagi of Goju) all practiced together as late as the 1920s and shared the same sensei from which they learnt the kata. 


Therefore, as most modern, and past Karate masters preach - there is no true "style" difference between kata bunkai (kata applications). Each style may have a slight stylistic pattern difference for a given move but the underlying function and key points are the same regardless of the superficial differences. 

Kata Videos include: Seienshin, Annanko, Taikyoku/Juni no kata ichiban, Pinan (Heian) Shodan, Pinan (Heian) Nidan, Pinan (Heian) Sandan, Pinan (Heian) Yondan, Pinan (Heian) Godan, Bassai dai, Matsukaze, Roku empi, Gassho, Unshu (Unsu), Jion, Naifanchin (Tekki Shodan), Rohai, & Jiin, Chinto (Gankaku) and Sochin.



                                                                                 Note:   Seipai (50 min) is a separate download or DVD.  click here...  
                                                                                            Annanko (46 min) is a separate download.   click here... 
                                                                                            Bassai dai is a separate 36 min download.   click here... 

Unsu & Unshu - Evolution from Shito-ryu to Shotokan


Unsu & Unshu: The Shotokan version is called "Unsu" while the Shito-ryu versions uses the kata's original name "Unsu". Translation of kanji is "Cloud Hands". Three versions of the Kata are presented in this video online including the Mabuni family line style of Shito-ryu (Seito Shito-ryu), the tournament style shito-ryu version (popularized by Hatahi-ha) and the Shotokan pattern. Selected bunkai are also shown.

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Pinan sandan & Heian sandan -Kata & Bunkai

 
Pinan sandan & Heian Sandan: Shito-ryu version as practiced by the Tani or Shukukai line. Taught to the demonstrator in Japan by Sotokawa sensei, 8th dan.  Shotokan version performed by Sensei Shawn Danahur of Camarillo Shotokan. The Heian kata are derived from the more original versions of the kata, the Pinan kata. Mabuni sensei (founder of Shito-ryu) introduced the Pinan kata to mainland Japan and it was there that Funakoshi sensei learnt them from Mabuni and modified for the Shotokan system (references for this see the textbook: Street Fight Statistics, Karate Technique Selection & Medical Outcomes (ISBN 978-1-4475-2651-3). 

Detailed outline of 16 Kata video download product:

The primary instructor for the online kata video downloads, Jason Armstrong, PhD (6th Dan) has lived and trained with a master in Japan and has more than 25 years experience teaching karate in Japan, the USA and Australia. He also worked at CEO level in Corporate Japan.

Shotokan Kata are demonstarted by senpai Sean Danaher (3rd dan).


Video Kata Origins & Karate History:
A discussion of Kata and key issues.  (12 min, 15MB)
Kata origins and sample bunkai:  This is the free kata sample video (click the link in the top right grey bar to download) and provides a discussion of kata and key isssues around its practice. This free sample includes footage of Unshu (Unsu), Annanko, Bassai Dai and relates kata history across Shotokan, Shito-ryu and Goju-ryu. Kata motions represented are as taught by Master Sotokawa, 8th Dan in Japan (he was accredited with his sandan rank under a panel with mabuni sensei himself, the founder of Shito-ryu). Renbukan Shito-ryu is also discussed in brief. Some bunkai is included covering Annanko, Seipai, Pinan kata, Taikyoku kata and explanations of upper "X-block". 




Pinan Shodan & Heian Nidan    
  (16 mins)
Shotokan & Shito-ryu versions are presented. Kata video on the pattern plus selected bunkai. Kata is performed fast, and at a slow walk through pace. The kanji for the Pinan (Heian) kata represent "peace and tranquility". Pinan Shodan is the first kata in the series of 5 Pinan ( 2nd in the Shotokan, or Heian series) kata. These kata were created by Sensei Itosu in Okinawa. The passage of the kata to Japan occurred via Mabuni sensei (founder of Shito-ryu) who took them first to the Kansai region of Japan. The kata also emerged in Tokyo via Funakoshi sensei (who renamed them "Heian" - a Japanese pronounciation). From a number of researchers it appears that Funaksohi sensei learnt the kata from interactions with Mabuni sensei.  



Pinan Nidan & Heian Shodan
   (8 mins)
Shotokan & Shito-ryu versions are presented. Kata video on the pattern plus selected bunkai. Kata is performed fast, and at a slow walk through pace. The kanji for the Pinan (Heian) kata represent "peace and tranquility".  These kata were created by Sensei Itosu in Okinawa. The passage of the kata to Japan occurred via Mabuni sensei (founder of Shito-ryu) who took them first to the Kansai region of Japan. The kata also emerged in Tokyo via Funakoshi sensei (who renamed them "Heian" - a Japanese pronounciation). From a number of researchers it appears that Funaksohi sensei learnt the kata from interactions with Mabuni sensei.





Pinan Sandan & Heian Sandan
 (approx. 11 min) - see sample video above...
Shotokan & Shito-ryu versions are presented. Kata video on the pattern plus selected bunkai. Kata is performed fast, and at a slow walk through pace. The kanji for the Pinan (Heian) kata represent "peace and tranquility".  These kata were created by Sensei Itosu in Okinawa. The passage of the kata to Japan occurred via Mabuni sensei (founder of Shito-ryu) who took them first to the Kansai region of Japan. The kata also emerged in Tokyo via Funakoshi sensei (who renamed them "Heian" - a Japanese pronounciation). From a number of recent karate history researchers it appears that Funaksohi sensei learnt the kata from interactions with Mabuni sensei.




Pinan Yondan and Heian Yondan
 (8mins)
Shotokan & Shito-ryu versions are presented. Kata video on the pattern plus selected bunkai. Kata is performed fast, and at a slow walk through pace. The kanji for the Pinan (Heian) kata represent "peace and tranquility".  These kata were created by Sensei Itosu in Okinawa. The passage of the kata to Japan occurred via Mabuni sensei (founder of Shito-ryu) who took them first to the Kansai region of Japan. The kata also emerged in Tokyo via Funakoshi sensei (who renamed them "Heian" - a Japanese pronounciation). From a number of researchers it appears that Funaksohi sensei learnt the kata from interactions with Mabuni sensei.





Pinan Godan & Heian Gondan
 (8 mins)
Shotokan & Shito-ryu versions are presented. Kata video on the pattern plus selected bunkai. Kata is performed fast, and at a slow walk through pace. The kanji for the Pinan (Heian) kata represent "peace and tranquility".  These kata were created by Sensei Itosu in Okinawa. The passage of the kata to Japan occurred via Mabuni sensei (founder of Shito-ryu) who took them first to the Kansai region of Japan. The kata also emerged in Tokyo via Funakoshi sensei (who renamed them "Heian" - a Japanese pronounciation). From a number of researchers it appears that Funaksohi sensei learnt the kata from interactions with Mabuni sensei.




Unshu & Unsu
 (approx. 20 min) - see sample video above...
The Shotokan version is called "Unsu" while the Shito-ryu versions uses the kata's original name "Unsu". Translation of kanji is "Cloud Hands". Three versions of the Kata are presented in this video online including the Mabuni family line style of Shito-ryu (Seito Shito-ryu), the tournament style shito-ryu version and the Shotokan pattern. Selected bunkai are also shown.







Matsukaze 
(approx. 7min)
Translation of the kanji is "Wind in the Pines". This kata was created by Mabuni Kenwa, the founder of Shito-ryu. The Kata video provides the pattern plus selected bunkai.










Roku Empi and Taikyoku Kata
(Juni no kata ichiban)   (5 min 30 sec. 7.7MB)
The kata roku empi was created by Mabuni Sensei.  The Translation of kanji is "Six elbows". Kata video download of pattern is reviewed plus selected bunkai. Also taught is Taikyoku (Juni kata) typically teh most basic grading kata for many martial arts styles.








Seienchin
(approx. 18min)
Translation of kanji is "Calm in the storm".  The Kata is performed fast and slow at different angles and includes a slow walk through of the pattern. Selected bunkai are also included with a partner. Kata video download of Seienchin.








annanko kata
Annanko
(approx. 46 min) - see sample video above... 
    - annanko is not included in this 16 kata download;  it is a separate 46 min download.   click here... 

Translation of kanji is "Light from the South". The Kata is performed fast and slow at different angles and includes a slow walk through of the pattern. Bunkai is performed for the entire kata with an evidence based practice related to street assault & medical emergency department reports of violence. The Kata has at least 2 stories around its origins - both Taiwan related. One is that it was a fighting from native Taiwan and moved to Japan/Okinawa from there. The other, by historian John Sells (8th Dan), is that Kyan Chotoku (a Okinawan karate practitioner who lead to the founding of the Shorin styles) went for a time to Taiwan and upon returning to Okinawa, he began to teach a new kata called Ananku. This historical note suggest Chotoku had created it as a basic kata from techniques developed from or inspired by his Taiwan adventures.



Bassai Dai kata bunkai video for karate

Bassai Dai
  (approx. 36 min) -  not included in this 16 kata download; A Seipai kata download or DVD exists in a 36 min video as a separate product on this website on its own for $15 - see our Bassai Dai page...

Video includes Shotokan and Shito-ryu versions with bunkai. The Kata is performed fast and slow at different angles and includes a slow walk through of the pattern. Selected bunkai are referenced to an evidence based approach related to street, emergency, police & UFC data/statistcs. 







seipai kata
Seipai 
(approx. 50 min) -  not included in this 16 kata download; A Seipai kata download or DVD exists in a 50min video as a separate product on this website.

Translation of kanji is "18 Hands". The Kata is performed fast and slow at different angles and includes a slow walk through of the pattern. All bunkai and kata history are also included with a partner. 
Go to the Seipai download page...









Gassho and Chinto
(Gankaku)  (16min.)
Named after the Zen monk greeting posture. This Download Kata Video pattern is reviewed at full speed and step by step. The Kata is performed fast and slow at different angles and includes a slow walk through of the pattern. Selected bunkai are also included with a partner. Also on this video is Chinto (which is named gankaku in some styles like Shotokan).

Sochin (Shito-ryu version)    (approx. 13min)
The Shito-ryu versions of this kata was adapted from the Okinawan version taught by Arkaki (Sells, Unate ISBN0910704961). The Shotokan kata "sochin" is a completely different kata unrelated ot the Okinawan and Shito-ryu versions with the same name. The kata is most likely Chinese in origin and the name  can be translated to "Monks of Peace".


Jion and Naifanchin
(Tekki Shodan)    (approx. 13min)
Shotokan & Shito-ryu versions oif these two kata are represneted on this video file: Jion (temple sound) and Naifanchin (Tekki Shodan). The Kata are performed fast and slow with walk through of pattern. Selected bunkai are also included. Thanks to Senpai Shawn Danaher, 3rd Dan Shotokan and Senpai Nick Lukich, 3rd Dan Shito-ryu & Sensei Jason Armstrong, 6th Dan Shito-ryu for the video footage.

Jion Seminar video  - a detailed 1 hour kata analysis also exists on this website click 
                             here for free streaming video...
note:  the 1hr Jion seminar video is a separate product to rief video on Jion which comes with the 19 kata files



Rohai and Jiin
  9min (12.5MB)
Two kata are represneted on this video file: Rohai and Jiin.  The meaning of Rohai is(vision of a white heron). The meaning of Jiin is (Temple Ground).   These Kata are performed fast and slow at different angles and include a slow walk through of the pattern. Selected bunkai are also included with a partner.







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The above videos for download are designed for viewing on a PC (Windows Media Files - WMV) and are 640x480 resolution.

The content on this site focuses on Kata patterns & bunkai. The patterns are performed with Shotokan and Shito-ryu lineage (e.g. Shukokai, Shitokai, Renbukan & other Shito-ryu styles) and  bunkai are explained which include Shito-Ryu, Goju-ryu and Shotokan.





                                    
 
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