The kata Unsu contains constantly changing and flowing movements of the hands throughout the kata, including hand techniques such as one finger strikes, palm heel strikes, open hand & bent wrist blocks. Once these techniques have been mastered, they provide effective self-defense responses in a wide variety of situations. This kata is one of the most difficult and advanced kata practiced in the Shotokan style of karate.
The kata is demonstrated by Sensei Joel Ertl 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 six 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 also included.
Full Speed Demonstration:
Sensei Ertl demonstrates the kata with the correct speed and tempo.