The third level of analysis that we apply to Naihanchi Kata (Bunkai Sandan) in our dojo concerns what we term 'breaking the mould' and takes the fundamental combative lessons given by the form a stage further. It allows us to explore specific aspects, once the core application framework has been understood.
Vol. 2 of my book series soon to be published primarily focuses on Bunkai Nidan (functional combative application). Towards the end though it also provides a section on Bunkai Sandan and a specific example of this development process using the aspect of limb control, which is in itself a very useful component for self-defence. We have six two-person drills that come from Bunkai Sandan, which may be practised in isolation, or together in flow and then expanded to branch to other kata applications etc.
These six limb control drills are also presented in the book in their basic form, however it is difficult to express the fluid nature of these with still images and corresponding descriptions. Therefore, I also intend to release a series of dedicated video tutorials that will run through the drills step-by-step and then offer some suggestions on how to build upon these for more free-flowing and integrated use. Hopefully, the book and videos together will help those interested understand the process of my analysis of Naihanchi Kata in more depth and more importantly, how everything integrates together.
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Chris Denwood has been studying martial arts since childhood and specialises in the practical application of karate's traditional principles for civilian self-defence, personal development, life integration and discovery.