The kata Kanku-dai is typically practice by the brown belt and lower levels of black belt in the Shotokan style of karate. This kata is also common in other Japanese and Okinawan karate systems. The Heian katas are largely based on Kanku-dai. The kata contains many useful sequences for defending against several attackers at once.
The kata is demonstrated by Sensei Joel Ertl in this set 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 four 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.
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.
Full Speed Demonstration:
Sensei Ertl demonstrates the kata with the correct speed and tempo.
Kanku-dai is essential for intermediate student of Shotokan karate. This set of downloadable videos will prepare the student to learn the more advanced katas of Shotokan Karate.