know I LOVE kata. I love training every single part of karate, but when practicing
kata, I feel… at home. So welcome into my house lovely people…
One of the
most famous terms connected to kata is bunkai.
But what you mostly see in YouTube video is in fact, not bunkai at all.
yourself, let’s get into this!
First up: what is kata?
it’s a ‘predetermined set of movements that teach you fundamentals of the
foremost if you ask me: It is a method to
teach you how to use your body.
is a complete fighting system. NONE of the movements you make in a kata are
without meaning. Every move you make has
a specific objective and principle.
So with every technique, step, resting moment in a kata, you are practicing a self-defense
situation AND a karate principle.
Okay now I’m
going to introduce the three stages of bunkai kata, and remember them well:
Got it? REMEMBER
Now a lot
of YouTube video’s promise you bunkai, but give you something else:
means ‘to give an explanation’. But as we know, a Japanese word has many
meanings, so let’s take the karate translation:
To apply what you have learned. What you see, is what you get. Does it look
like a block with a punch? Hot damn, it might actually be a block and a punch!
explanation of the kata on a surface
level, with the embusen
most of the video’s on the internet when you search the name of your kata, like
Pinan Yondan or Kushanku:
starts at 8 minutes into the video, or check out the first 30 seconds for a
gist of it)
Do not be
fooled. The video is tagged bunkai, but it is not bunkai. It’s Kaisetsu.
3 Tips to recognize Kaisetsu versus Bunkai
Does the karate-ka follow the techniques of the kata exactly (like punches/blocks, embusen etc.) Kaisetsu.
Is the karate-ka attacked in an equal karate manner? (like attacked with junzuki or mae geri) Kaisetsu.
look like the kata in every way? Kaisetsu. All the way.
me wrong, I love this video, it shows good kaisetsu and it’s performed on a
proficient level. But what bothers me is that it’s labeled as bunkai when it’s not.
about bunkai shall we?
It means to
dissemble a kata completely. It’s a
complete breakdown, analysis of the steps, techniques, movements, everything.
the three levels of bunkai kata?
is, kaisetsu and omote bunkai are a
bit hard to tell apart. Omote means surface, and omote bunkai refers to
bunkai on a surface level. Kaisetsu is applying the techniques on a surface level. That’s why they get mixed
up so easily.
bunkai is different from kaisetsu in a very easy-to-spot way:
Bunkai is practical
application. Kaisetsu is endless application.
Now I know it sounds similar, but it’s not.
think of an endless amount of karate attacks in which you can apply your kata (kaisetsu). But
can you incorporate the kata on a choke hold? A knife attack, or a grab on the
difference between kaisetsu and omote bunkai. The setting and attack is
crucial. It’s very different to start in a fighting position and receive a
perfect mae geri than to be caught off guard and you have to apply what you’ve
learned when you’re in a choke hold.
Ura bunkai (
There is no
fixed bunkai. Never. There is not ‘one application that fits all’.
Karate forms your body and mind into a weapon, make no mistake about that.
Which means the possibilities for destruction of your opponent are endless!
Catch my drift?
bunkai is what goes on behind the what-you-see-is-what-you-get part of
a kata. I am so amazed that a few years ago kata Naihanchi (Tekki Shodan) actually taught me how to break someone’s neck. You
read that correctly.
Break. someone’s. neck. Killing them.
that lame little ‘gamae’ posture that gives you a breather in the kata? You could
also use it to break someone’s neck while you’re at it!
But I could’ve never seen it for
myself. Students are blind to ura bunkai, they need guidance. Myself included.
A great ambassador of omote- and ura bunkai in my opinion is Ian Abernathy. Practical
self-defense using kata.
The video is 3 minutes of pure no nonsense beating the living daylights out of this guy. In a respectful karate manner, using Naihanchi.
Henka waza (変化技)
stage is henka waza. It’s the stage after omote and ura. It’s a stage that you
can reach when you have a higher DAN degree and have practiced for many years. But you have to search and study actively for it.
the kata are so ingrained in your body, and you know so many applications (both
omote and ura), that you are free of form.
Almost like a kata without kata.
Hen = unusual, change, strange
化 = Ka
= change, take the form of
技 = Waza =
The mark at the beginning of the MV (山崎) it’s “Yamazaki”. Yamazaki is a Japanese whiskey (price for 0.7l is over 92 £) or a samurai clan of Kawagoe (Kanto region). The Yamazaki line dates back to the 18th century. Their lands were granted by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun during the Edo period.
In 0:12 you can see Ko-omote (小面 ) masks. These masks come from the Nō Theater. Ko-omote depicts teen, a beautiful, noble-born virgin. Among the masks of young women is considered the most beautiful Mask Nō. Name means small (ko) and mask (omote). The word “little "in this case should be understood as youth, charm and charm.
The mask appears in 0:46 it’s Hannya (般若) - mask of the Nō Theater representing the jealous female demon (snake). It is also a word of significant wisdom and knowledge, but knowledge gained experience. Shows a woman who has become a demon through jealousy or obsession. The mask is demonic and dangerous, but also sad and tortured. Different shades represent status - white - woman came from aristocracy - red - the woman came from a poor family - dark red - real demon
Ghost masks have a very long Japanese tradition of devil masks, with which various beliefs and legends are associated. We can recognize them with round pupils (eyes of masks representing people are square), golden eyeballs, horns and protruding tusks. Sometimes they also have ears.
appears in a 0:49 Kokushikijo (黒 色 尉) - present the mask of the Noh
Theater and Kyogen (farce), the black mask, an elderly man
In 0:50 the instrument that you can see it’s Shamisen (三味 線).Tthis is a traditional Japanese instrument (its literal name in Japanese is "string of three flavors). You can see it again in 2:32
The Yongguk’s tattoo appearing at 1:05 is Oni (鬼) belonging to the Yōkai (妖怪) (demons). There are two kinds of them, some are terrifying monsters that feed on human flesh and threaten the world. Second kind of completely harmless, little devils, creatures. People believe that the Oni often are unconquerable and that they bring all sorts of catastrophes, but thanks to the help of Buddhist prayers they can be pardoned. It is also possible to get enlightenment.
In 1:41 you can see the mask of Jō-men / Okina (翁). This is the mask of the old man. Such masks occupy a special place among the masks of Theatre Nō. They have a solemn character. It is based on the conviction of the Japanese that old people, due to their imminent death, have the possibility of direct contact with the gods and spirits of the deceased. Such masks are long and have ears, sunken eyes, protruding cheekbones, pointed beard, mostly visible only upper teeth. The most characteristic is the implanted stubble and long white hair, which is in the middle of the head.
In 1:147 you can see the word ありがとう. This word means Arigatō (Thank you).
In 1:49 you can see 3 masks, Kokushikijo, Ko-omote and Okame mask (おかめ)- the figure of a smiling, fat woman, the goddess of "multiple happiness”. One of the many guardian deities, she is the caretaker of pregnant women andyoung couples. It also helps other people in many different life situations. He is to protect and bring happiness, hence the term “goddess of multiple happiness”. This goddess has a rather distinctive appearance, easily recognizable on different images. He has a white face with narrowed forehead. Her probably most characteristic feature is the very chubby cheeks. It also has small, small lips, often depicted as red-painted and narrow black eyes.
In 2:16 you can see another Hannya mask, the same mask appears again at 2:47
In 2:26 you can see that the girl in the background plays on koto. Koto (箏 or 琴) is a traditional Japanese string instrument, originated in China, and was brought to Japan from around the 7th to the 8th century. Initially, people played on Koto only at the imperial court. However, over the years, the instrument has become very popular.
In 3:03 you can see Sleepy from Untouchable, his face disappears for a moment behind Hannya’s mask.
In 3:05 you can
see the inscription 獨
立 (dokuritsu), this word means independence, where the sign 獨
(doku /toku) means loneliness, and 立 (ritsu) - stay
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Hello anon! Thanks so much for your ask. Here, have the first short story in “Han Solo and Dancing.” It is ninety hours long and as fluffy and tooth-rotting as cotton candy dipped in maple syrup and rolled in icing sugar. Hope this helps, please don’t barf, and drop in anytime.
I’m gonna gonna gonna punch your
Han’s muttered aside to his wife, timed
to the song on the hi-fi, makes Leia laugh so that her head falls
back. Scotch tape stuck to her
thumbs, Leia raises her hands at her husband and child,
waggles her fingers like a musical comedienne. Slung on her father’s
hip as he quick-steps around the floor in his undershirt and
good trousers, Grace Solo screams her glee at her mother.
“Over!” Grace cries, as “The
Locomotion” comes to an end. “Over over over.”
“Thank Christ,” Han sighs, running
a hand through his hair, mussing its combed furrows. Grace points a
finger in his face, so stern it makes Han turn incredulous laughter
to the rafters.
Shiki: *knocks and open door* Woi, wakes up Tsubasa.
Tsubasa: (( _ _ ))..zzzZZ
Shiki: Tsubasa, wake up.
Tsubasa: Hmm? That’s weird. Shiki wakes up early….. it must be a dream.
Shiki: I’m sorry it’s such a rare case for me to wake up early that you would think it’s a dream (￣ー￣) . Unfortunately it’s reality. Wake up, it’s already morning. You have singing practice today. Hurry up and wake up and prepare your throat by doing some vocal training.
Tsubasa: You’re so noisy Shiki. Even in dream don’t ask me to work… *turn around* (( _ _ ))..zzzZZ
Shiki: I told you it’s the reality- hey, don’t cover yourself with blanket. What are you? A child? (￣ー￣). It can’t be help… *lay on Tsubasa*
Tsubasa: heavy….. (( _ _ ))..zzzZZ
Shiki: *whisper* Tsubasa, wake up.
Tsubasa: (( _ _ ))..zzzZZ
Shiki: Are you awake?
Tsubasa: (( _ _ ))..zzzZZ
Shiki: Honey, it’s already morning.
Tsubasa: Darling, you’re a good boy/girl. Let me sleep more (_ _).｡o○
Shiki: Tsubacchi, wake up.
Tsubasa: Noi…sy…. (_ _).｡o○
Shiki: *give up* This guy must’ve sleep late. He just won’t wake up. *stand up and left*
*after few minutes….*
Tsubasa: Rikka! Dai-chan! He suddenly pour water on my face! o(｀ω´ )o