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The kata Wankan is relatively short and appears to be a simple kata. In spite of it’s relative simplicity, the karate-ka performing this kata must move with boldness and a determination to press onward against the opponent. Wankan’s unusual strategies make it worthy of serious study for the advanced karate-ka.

The kata is demonstrated by Sensei Anita Bendickson.

The video includes:

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:
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:
Kata applications (bunkai) are demonstrated and explained.

Full Speed Demonstration:
Sensei Bendickson demonstrates the kata with the correct speed and tempo.