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 Kata & Application DVD Series
These DVDs are shot on location at the Karate Academy in Devon.  They feature tuition by John Burke sensei and a variety of students and guests.  Each DVD takes a look at the moves in a kata, and translates them into useable self defence situations.  These "no-frills" DVDs just feature the bunkai; showing locks, takedowns, chokes and strangles rather than long range moves.  Choose from the kata that you are studying, but don't foget the "more basic" kata, as these often set the scene for what comes later, and without one, you might not understand the other...

Let's be clear, the outward form might be the same Shotokan form that is demonstrated in many schools heralding from JKA roots.  The applications are not from stepping oi-zuki or combinations that only occur with other trained karate-ka.  The applications are shown at learning speed so that users can see what is happening, and often with an expanded view because keeping it as close as is really necessary might make the moves un-observable.

These DVDs show why we have kata instead of just free sparring.  Frankly - the moves can't be done on a live opponent with full speed and power without hurting them...

kihon bunkai applications dvdVolume 1 - Kihon
Taikyoku Shodan

Best to start here, no matter how advanced a practitioner you are.  This contains some fundamental rules for close in applications and fundamental principles.  If you can't make the principle work with Kihon then you can't make the principle work.
The basic kata & the basic tenets of bunkai revealed.  1 hour demonstrating the turns, throws, locks, and strikes to anatomically vulnerable areas that define the essence of kata bunkai for self defence. 

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Heian Shodan bunkai application dvd
Volume 2 - Heian Shodan.  
Pinan Nidan.  
No marching forward against an attacker who's walking backwards.  Plain illustration of why you'd want to kiai on a "block".  45 degree angles explained.  Make this form an absolutely fundamental viable part of your art.
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Volume 3 - Heian Nidan.  
Also known as Pinan Shodan.  
Representing the self defence applications of the reverse inside to outside block; the augmented block; and why it might be good to finish the kata with a rising block...  No chair blocks.  No kicks above the waist.  See why the kata is presented as it is, and how it really works.
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Volume 4 - Heian Sandan 
Pinan Sandan.  
Not kicking knives out of people's hands or sticking your fingers through their sternum, just some low base and throws that work.  Simultaneous blocks?  Why you might want a slow move?  What the elbow blocks can be used for.
In this DVD the double-blocks aren't used as blocks and the fingertip strike probably doesn't go where you thought it did...
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Volume 5 - Heian Yondan.  
Also known as Pinan Yondan:
What many people don't know is that the moves are used against hook punches and bear hugs and the like, rather than against the techniques of another martial artist. 
The techniques of the kata are self defence applications that manipulate an opponent's balance, their joints, and strike to anatomically vulnerable areas. 
 Low x-block explained, in a way that doesn't get your arms broken.
We check out why you might want to do a move slowly, and why you might use the cross-legged stance.

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Volume 6 - Heian Godan.  
Pinan Godan
The culmination of the Heian family.  Time to find out what that "jump" is really for, and why manji gamae is NOT a simultaneous high block and low block.  
The video reveals what the jump can really be used for (not jumping over a bo staff, surely...?), and how the moves become joint-locks, throws, and strikes to anatomically vulnerable locations in the hands of those who care to see them.
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dvdnewcovertekki1Volume 7 - Tekki Shodan.  
Real kata.  The Grappling Kata - companion to the book Iron Horseman, featured above.  
Tekki Shodan, also known as Naihanchi, is a complex and short karate kata that is much misunderstood. 
Rather than the usual fighting in a rice field or sideways down an alley, this video - about an hour long - demonstrates how the moves can be used for self defence, in close quarter situations with realistic types of attack. See the joint-locks, throws, and strikes to anatomically vulnerable areas that the kata reveals when it is put in a modern context.
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You can see the Tekki Shodan Book here, along with the other Tekki DVDs 
Volume 8 - Bassai Dai.  
Passai.
The one that started it all off for me.  Attending the seminar on this one would 
cost you more and you can't rewind to get the details.  See how the kata that many clubs use as their "black belt" standard is really used for locking joints, knocking attackers out and how to really use that "mountain punch".  
Far from "fighting in the dark", that last sequence is shown to be absolutely devastating.
Companion to the book Fortress Storming, featured here.
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Jion bunkai applications dvd
Volume 9 - Jion.  Temple.  
No "preparatory" positions.  No "resting postures".  Only taking each technique and showing how it can be used in realistic situations.  Providing the basis for many of the moves in the Heian family of kata, we find them here in the "right order", and the analysis reveals the fundamental rule of application.
 
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Volume 10 - Kanku Dai part 1.  
Kusanku.  Kosokun.  
To View the Sky, major version.  So big we couldn't get it all on one 
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disc.  Note:  this disc has the first half is shot at a fair distance.  The information was so good that we didn't want to reshoot (it hurt enough the first time) or digitally zoom which would have lost some of the clarity. It's there, but it takes up less of the screen than we're totally happy with... It's fixed from half-way through.
The applications are, as you would expect, defences against the common types of attack.  They are locks, throws, and strikes to anatomically vulnerable locations.  All from the first half of the kata.  It is, of course, continued on Kanku Dai part 2.
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Volume 11 - Kanku Dai part 2.  
The rest of the kata.  The jump, falling to the floor, and why double kicks present no feints or dummies.
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Kanku Dai 2 disc set
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Volume 12 - Empi.  
Wanshu.
Flying Swallow applications.  Dropping a big stone on the idea that you step out to  
the side and kneel down to block a kick!  Throws, traps, and more about the science of applying a kata.  Find out how this kata teaches practical self defence that doesn't rely on strength.
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Volume 13 - Hangetsu
Seisan.  
Crescent Moon gets applied!  Illustrating how the 
Hangetsu application dvd
techniques are used at the omote level, selected ura and hiden applications.  Arm bars, neck cranks, why you would want to stand making a "mountain block", throws and dangerous feet.  
This kata is the one that turned John Burke sensei's world around when he was investigating bunkai.  Being told by a 7th dan that the last move was for blocking a kick sent him on his search and the books, DVDs, and seminars are the result.  See on this DVD why that last application was just too ridiculous and see the answer that was discovered by trawling through the worlds "masters" until a good one was found.
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Volume 14 - Bassai Sho.  
Includes the real use for those techniques that look like you are holding a bo staff and comparison to Bassai Dai for applicative purposes.  Not for blocking weapon strikes.  Nor a weapon kata performed without your weapon.  Just a very useful fighting method in it's own right!   
Companion to the book Fortress Storming - the minor version, featured here.
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kankushodvdnewcoverVolume 15 - Kanku Sho -   
Alfredo Marano sensei came over from Italy to experience the locks, throws and pain compliance techniques contained within this kata.  
Jumps, unbalancing pulls, and strange twin low level blocks all now have an added dimension for practitioners who have access to this information.
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Volume 16 - Tekki Nidan -   
The middle chapter in the Naihanchi story as told through the Shotokan system.  The close-in grappling kata that teaches how a Karate-man does a bear-hug and why keeping an enemy at the side of you is so wise.  How can such a sort kata contain so much information?  This hour-long DVD shows how:
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jitte bunkai dvd
Volume 17 - Jitte.  
Revealing the meaning of those "mountain blocks" and why you want to move like a "space invader".  Also known as Jutte.  This, middle chapter, in the Temple family of kata looks at multi-layered striking and how to really level the playing field against bigger and/or stronger attackers.
Bo dori will never be the same again.
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nijushiho kata bunkai dvdVolume 18 - Nijushiho
Niseishi.   
"24".   The art of moving, throwing, grinding, and tearing at the opponent as they barrel into you.  This DVD is over 1 hour and 20 minutes long, and if you order right now it includes bonus footage of the comparison seminar parts that John Burke sensei taught back in 2004.  Learn the omote and ura applications against all sorts of different attacks!
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gankaku bunkai dvd
Volume 19 - Gankaku 
Chinto.  
Crane on a Rock, shown with 
throws, neck-wrenches, and what to do with a grappler!  This kata is normally reserved for 3rd Dan black belts.  If you want to see what "crane stance" can really be used for then this is just for you.
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Sochin bunkai DVD
Volume 20 - Sochin - 
This DVD shows how the moves from the "strong/calm" kata can be used for realistic application.  Throat gouging and neck manipulation sit side by side with strikes to vulnerable places and barrelling attacks that do not rely on size and strength, but give the illusion of it. 
The enigmatic muso gamae reveals the neck cranks and reasons why you need kata - you can't do these moves on a training partner with speed and power.
 Normally taught to 3rd degree Black Belts.
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unsu kata applicationsVolume 21 - Unsu
This DVD features the crane kata "Cloud Hands", demonstrating why ippon 
nukite has other destinations than the opponent's eyes, and how the gedan punches are used other than punching the groin.  The footage is about 2 hours long, and shows how the kata can be used in a practical sense.
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Gojushiho Sho Bunkai videoVolume 22 - Gojushiho Sho - 
By "Gojushiho Sho", we mean the Useishi kata with the spearhand techniques and the reverse shuto uke, not the "pointy finger" version which is sometimes labelled as Sho.  You'll find the other one on volume 23, which we call Gojushiho Dai!  
This DVD is over 1 hour and 50 minutes as we explore the nature of the "54" kata and the practical applications available.  Complex torque and balance manipulation sit side by side with potentially crippling strikes.
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Gojushiho Dai
Gojushiho Dai bunkai videokata & application volume 23.    
The "54" kata.  The ippon nukite (one-finger spear hand) made useful!  
This kata is the version with the pointy-fingers rather than the alternating spear-hands.  
This version of Useishi makes prominent use of the neko-ashi-dachi and we take a look at how that can be most useful.  The video comes in at 150 minutes and is a fine companion volume to the Gojushiho Sho content (no repeats, they complement each other).

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CHINTE APPLICATIONS VIDEO
Volume 24 - Chinte 
Strange Hands.
This DVD features the applications to the moves in the 
kata Chinte.  That includes the two-fingered moves and the backwards bunny-hops.  All of them used in a practical manner that causes great pain to the attacker.  The DVD is over an hour long.

 

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Meikyo Bunkai video

Volume 25 - 
Meikyo.  
Bright Mirror.
In this video, nearly 2 hours long, we look at the crane kata, related to Rohai.  As you would expect, it's got locks, throws, takedowns, and a little trick to do with the opponent's breathing cycle...

 
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Volume 26 - Tekki Sandan
Iron Horseman Level 3.
Tekki Sandan bunkai video
 Many Thanks John I will be in touch , your Tekki sandan dvd has really opened my eyes to possibilities . Many Thanks it has inspired me a lot - B. Clarke, Fraserburgh, Scotland.
The last part of the Naihanchi family of kata.  
In this volume we look at the advanced kata and show why there are no "double blocks" and why the variations between associations still lead to the same conclusions.

 
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jiin bunkai videoVolume 27 - Ji'in.  
Temple Shadow.  
Neck wrenching, limb twisting applications for the high level member of the JI family.  This further take on the applications previously witnessed in Jion and Jitte adds further depth to what is possible with kata bunkai.  The DVD is over an hour long.

 

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Wankan kata application video
Volume 28 - Wankan - 
King's Crown.  
The last in the Shotokan series, taking this deceptively simple kata to applicative depths.  Walk with arms in front of  your eyes?  Catching a kick?  Not on this one.  See how we really use those techniques.  
The DVD is over an hour long.

 


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