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 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 five 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.
Kata applications (bunkai) are demonstrated and explained.
Full Speed Demonstration:
Sensei Ertl demonstrates the kata with the correct speed and tempo.