Your bunkai is not a bunkai.

You all 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.

Prepare yourself, let’s get into this!

Originally posted by nekosekainightmares

First up: what is kata?

Yeah okay, it’s a ‘predetermined set of movements that teach you fundamentals of the techniques’.

But it’s more.

First and foremost if you ask me:
It is a method to teach you how to use your body.

Every kata 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:

  1. Omote (surface)
  2. Ura (behind)
  3. Henka (changing)


Originally posted by fushy3874

Now a lot of YouTube video’s promise you bunkai, but give you something else:

Kaisetsu  (解説)

Kaisetsu means ‘to give an explanation’. But as we know, a Japanese word has many meanings, so let’s take the karate translation:

‘Endless application’

Application. 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!

It’s an explanation of the kata on a surface level, with the embusen mostly intact.

Which are, most of the video’s on the internet when you search the name of your kata, like Pinan Yondan or Kushanku:

(‘bunkai’ 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

  1. Does the karate-ka follow the techniques of the kata exactly (like punches/blocks, embusen etc.)

  2. Is the karate-ka attacked in an equal karate manner? (like attacked with junzuki or mae geri)

  3. Does it look like the kata in every way?
    Kaisetsu. All the way.

Don’t get 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.

Let’s talk about bunkai shall we?

Originally posted by heroofomegle

Bunkai (分解)

It means to dissemble a kata completely. It’s a complete breakdown, analysis of the steps, techniques, movements, everything.

Remember the three levels of bunkai kata?

Omote (surface)

Ura (behind)

Henka (changing)

The thing 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.

Omote bunkai is different from kaisetsu in a very easy-to-spot way:

The attack.

Bunkai is practical application. Kaisetsu is endless application.
Now I know it sounds similar, but it’s not.

You can 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 wrist?

That’s 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 ( 裏分解)

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!

Originally posted by scumreject

Catch my drift?

Anyways, ura 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

Scary stuff. The real deal.

So yeah 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)

The last 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.

It’s when 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.

変 = Hen = unusual, change, strange
化 = Ka = change,  take the form of
技 = Waza = technique, art

変化 Henka = change;  variation;  alteration;  mutation;  transformation; metamorphosis

It means you can transform the kata, the techniques to your own will and apply them freely in any situation. Free as a bird… of prey.

Originally posted by nidoqueen

That’s it for now! Oof okay this has been lengthy! But in my defense, bunkai is a VERY deep and broad topic so in my opinion, this was short.


Okay that gamae had an application, you mayby could have guessed. But did you know that ‘looking left and right’ in Naihanchi also has a practical meaning?

Enjoy this 8 minute explanation by, once again, Sensei Ian Abernathy!

Thank you for reading, I am open to questions and requests!


Country Roads #3 by Peter Tinetti
Via Flickr:
I stopped beside the road to get a look at this old ranch house. It doesn’t appear to be used anymore.

Yamazaki- Bang Yongguk

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.

Mask 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


Tsukipro Unit groups and Music Map Charts

A very complex but very interesting chart from the tsukipro magazine of the 6 tsukipro groups (Six Gravity, Growth, Procellarum, SolidS, SOARA and QUELL) music styles and categories.

Horizontal arrow is from creative to orthodox (the musical structure/form) and vertical is pop to cool (no idea what that even mean, let me know).

Not my images, see link below.  Below under cut is the album number if you forget where the song from.

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黃 (Yellow) by Raymond Wang

At Omote-sando Station. Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Tokyo. Canon EOS 1V with 50mm f/1.4 on Kodak Film Ektar 100 Model: theye @ Flickr


In the end, whatever the fates decide

Whatever my fortune decrees

As long as I can be right by your side

I’ll be happy…

I love Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun so much. I’ve made an amazing friend through it (you know who you are), and it never ceases to bring me joy and laughter whenever I’m not feeling great. So I was excited to make an English cover the absolutely beautiful ED, Ura Omote Fortune! I hope you all enjoy listening, and please give it a like and subscribe if you want to see more of my covers!

anonymous asked:

Could really use some grace solo fluff

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.

August 1962

I’m gonna gonna gonna punch your brother…

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.

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How Shiki wakes Tsubasa Tsukipro

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

Source: solids omote series


“kimi wa bakemono ga omote kedo, bakemono dewanai, kono Dio da!!!!!”