The kata Bassai-sho is an alternate version of Bassai-Dai. While the two versions have a similiar feel, there are significant differences. Bassai-Sho features defenses that are mostly head level and its actions are of a more flowing nature. Most of the techniques are used as a defense against the bo, although they are easily modified to defend against an unarmed attack. Bassai-Sho consists mostly of open hand techniques that can be used as either strikes or grabs. The leg sweeps and hooking actions with the feet are used to augment the controlling actions of the arms.
The kata is demonstrated by Sensei Anita Bendickson in this group of downloadable videos. The downloads are in MP4 video format, and will play on most computers and mobile devices. You will be emailed a link so that you can download the following files that can be viewed separately. You can also access your files from your account page.
Your purchase includes these seven video files:
Introduction and Embusen:
The kata is shown slowly with a general description of the main points. The kata is then demonstrated with the help of animated computer graphics so you can learn the "embusen" (performance line).
Move by Move:
Next the kata is demonstrated close up with verbal explanations to allow the student to follow along.
Detailed Breakdown (broken into three parts):
The most difficult aspects of each kata are then demonstrated from a variety of angles, along with an explanation of the fine points of the movements.
Kata applications (bunkai) are demonstrated and explained.
Full Speed Demonstration:
Sensei Ertl demonstrates the kata with the correct speed and tempo.