Bassai Dai Application via Zoom

Footage taken from our Zoom class yesterday, where we examined the bunkai associated with a section of Bassai Dai. Apologies for the poor video quality.

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Bassai Dai – Sukui Uke

Short clip on application of Sukui uke (scooping block) as a takedown or a throw.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: LES BUBKA IS AN EXPERIENCED MARTIAL ARTIST, PERSONAL TRAINER AND THERAPIST WHO SPECIALISES IN POSTURE, MOBILITY AND KARATE.  LES WORKS WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF CLIENTS INCLUDING MARTIAL ARTISTS AND ATHLETES AS WELL AS THOSE SUFFERING WITH POSTURAL DYSFUNCTION OR THOSE WHO WISH TO IMPROVE THEIR FITNESS AND WELLBEING.

 

I Challenge You Sir!

At my last seminar I was challenged.  “Sir your stuff doesn’t work! I challenge you to a fight to the death. The winner takes over your school and your students!” No not really, but it sounds great though doesn’t it? Straight from one of those Chinese Kung Fu movies we all love!

What really happened was a very civilised discussion with a great bunch of martial artists. We had been working on a technique from pinan sandan / sono san, which includes a turn with a dropping, extended arm followed by a turn, at least in our version of this kata.

 

My interpretation of this move is a block and body drag around the centre of the defenders body. The block in this case is a knee hold, blocking the leg from making a step while we drag the body, resulting in the opponent losing their balance.

 

At the seminar we had started with the second stage of the technique development (click here to read more about the steps) which is quite static and needs a bit of cooperation from our partner to make it work. The conversation started as a few people were struggling with the technique due to a resisting opponent.

 

This gave me a chance to elaborate more about the steps of technique development. It is natural that techniques don’t work at this stage as our partner knows our intention, technique and timing. Without the element of surprise both trainees can prepare for what’s coming and easily block the action.

 

Then we moved on to the next stage where we added a little pressure testing, starting the technique from pummelling, where only one person performs the technique and the other tries to stop it. We soon all noticed that just by taking the known timing away from the equation it is very hard to block or counter the technique, even when we know what’s coming.

 

This challenge showed us the importance of pressure testing all of our techniques from both perspectives (the attacker and the defender). In particular it’s important to consider when a partner is cooperating and when they are not. Pressure testing verification gives us an idea of changing conditions and “real” techniques as not all techniques will work under all circumstances.

 

It was a great seminar with wonderful people in support of the  Combat Stress Charity.

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Les Bubka is a dedicated practitioner of the way of the empty hand and has been for over twenty years.He is the founder of LB Posture Training, which incorporates the art of karate with his personal training qualifications in order to help people.
Les has experience in running projects in association with mental health charities and other institutions, introducing Karate as a tool to help build confidence, self-esteem and physical activity to disadvantaged members of community.
Les runs an inclusive club in guildford (UK) where everyone is welcome.

 

 

Two Basic Tactile Drills For Karate

One of my viewers asked me to record slower version of the clip I have published five years ago, so here it is first part focusing on tactile drills.

Just in Case you wanted to see original clip, you can do that below.

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LES BUBKA IS A DEDICATED PRACTITIONER OF THE WAY OF THE EMPTY HAND AND HAS BEEN FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS. HE IS THE FOUNDER OF LB POSTURE TRAINING, WHICH INCORPORATES THE ART OF KARATE WITH HIS PERSONAL TRAINING QUALIFICATIONS IN ORDER TO HELP PEOPLE.
LES HAS EXPERIENCE IN RUNNING PROJECTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHARITIES AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS, INTRODUCING KARATE AS A TOOL TO HELP BUILD CONFIDENCE, SELF-ESTEEM AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO DISADVANTAGED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.
LES RUNS AN INCLUSIVE CLUB IN GUILDFORD (UK) WHERE EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

Jodan Uke vs Shuto Uke- What’s the difference and does it matter?

 

I love it when students ask questions. Sometimes as a teacher I think that some things are obvious and everyone knows what I mean. In that moments it is great to have students who are not afraid to ask questions, even if they think they are trivial.

On our last session one student asked about the difference between Jodan and Shuto Uke, as for that student they feel very similar. Here’s my explanation about the differences from my perspective.

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About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing

Tai Sabaki – Body Managment

Hi all,

At yesterday’s session we had a look at ways of unbalancing our opponent, clip below is result of our discussion at the club.

This is one of the possible uses of the Tai Sabaki

Kind regards,

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About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing

Kanku Dai – Opening Sequence

In this clip we are focusing on the opening sequence in Kyokushin version of Kanku Dai kata. This is the first and basic bunkai oyo for these sequence, we are looking on the inside entry. Meaning that opponents arms are on the outside of our body, we are trying to clear the path to place ourselves on the outside and take advantage. After initial movement partner managing to escape and continue attack. Other option for the same sequence is when we end up on the outside, I might record that in the future depending on interest.