The purpose of this DVD series is not to teach the kata, but to give meaning to the movements. At least two possible applications (Bunkai) for each sequence are demonstrated. By studying this DVD, the karate-ka will develop a useful and practical understanding of the applications to the movements in these katas.
For the beginning student, this DVD will serve as a starting point in his or her own understanding of the kata applications. For the experienced karate-ka, this DVD may lead to new interpretation of the movements:
- Gankaku: This kata provides self-defense applications for many situations, including defenses against attacks from the rear. Gankaku also helps to develop self-defense responses in situations where the defenders balance is less than ideal.
- Jion: This is a very powerful kata that is ideally suited for a larger karate-ka. This kata allows the karate-ka to develop self-defense applications that are based on very direct striking and stomping actions.
We also recommend Advanced Shotokan Kata, Volume One, which covers the technical details and form of Jion and Advanced Shotokan Kata, Volume Two which covers Gankaku. (77 minutes)