Part of the second volume of my book series on Naihanchi Kata will feature the combative analysis of the form as a progressive and sequential learning tool for building a fundamental strategy for self-defence. Here's a brief snippet from the current draft, which will give you a flavour of some of the subjects covered...
"Being able to demonstrate three or more combative applications for each movement of Naihanchi Kata may seem on the surface to be an impressive feat and a worthwhile endeavour. However, I have always felt that unless these discrete applications can be incorporated into a fully integrated strategy that helps to express the interconnected lessons and principles given by the form, then in terms of bunkai, you are merely scratching away consistently at the most superficial layer. I would like to suggest that there is not only a pragmatic reason for the movements themselves, but also a pragmatic reason for the particular sequence prescribed by the kata and it is this sequence, not so much the isolated movements, that holds the real potential, reveals the bigger picture and thus, is worthy of much deeper exploration."
Last week in the closed dojo, we spent some time looking at the opening salutation and the first couple of movements from the form in line with the notion above, so I thought I'd film a few minutes of footage for the website.
In these two short video clips, I discuss and demonstrate some of the lessons found at the start of our version of the kata, covering simple ideas of gaining positional advantage during the initial stages of a confrontation. The way I see it, the kata is teaching us a couple of very important points to consider, before progressing on to other aspects later on in the form such as ballistic impact, limb control, joint attacks, clinch control, throws and take downs etc.
Like I said, these are very simple concepts, but commonly overlooked as part of an overall self-defence strategy, where quickly being able to 'stack the deck in your favour' is critical.
Hope you enjoy...
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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.