Seminar DVD Series Each DVD listed here features John Burke sensei teaming up with other experienced teachers to compare the performance of kata, and more importantly how the different moves can be used to accomplish the same ends. These DVDs prove that "style" or "lineage" are not the issue, but rather "how you use" what you are taught that really matters. Each disc is about an hour long and was filmed during the seminar in question.
Nijushiho & Niseishi with Martyn Harris sensei teaching the Okinawan Kempo kata sections. 24. Directions? Opponents? Techniques? Steps? Advanced kata revealed to be more than blocking straight punches (you know, the kind that no-one really throws?) and catching kicks. See how the two-handed block causes knock-outs.
The Nijushiho & Niseishi video footage is available to download at $24.95 here:
Tekki Shodan & Naihanchi with Martyn Harris sensei teaching the Okinawan Kempo kata sections. So important is Naihanchi that Motobu sensei said it was all that you would ever need. This un-pretty kata and it's Shotokan twin are shown to be the effective fighting methods that they were always supposed to be.
The Tekki Shodan & Naihanchi kata comparison seminar video is available for download at $24.95 here:
Hangetsu & Seisan with Damien Birch sensei teaching the Goju Ryu kata sections. Seisan is an enigma. In some places it's a 4th dan kata, in others it's for green belts. At one and the same time it is both simple and advanced, and Hangetsu is a variation of it.
The Hangetsu & Seisan kata comparison seminar video is available for download at $24.95 here:
Seminars at your dojo?
You know, you can have a seminar with John Burke sensei at your dojo. You will need enough people to cover your costs and a venue to hold it in. Then all that needs to happen is to get it booked.
Seminars can be 4 hours or 8 hours long. They can be a weekend course or a simple class. We can cover principles behind all kata applications or one kata in particular. We have taught Naihanchi/Tekki Shodan over a whole weekend and we have tried to get the whole of the 5 Heian kata in on a single afternoon.
Simply call 01626 360999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the ball rolling.
John Burke's Bunkai Resources
Karate Academy, King Street Studios, King Street, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 2LG, United Kingdom