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Bassai Dai/Passai e-Book

A comprehensive e-Book covering the practical applications for the Kata Bassai Dai/Passai

Full Introduction
Kata Principles and Guidelines
Kata Competence colour photo sequence
16 easy to follow Kata Combat sequences with colour photos
3 Bunkai Training Drills
3 Appendices
Conclusion & Acknowledgements

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Bassai Dai/Passai e-Book - Sequence 1

Taken from the full e-Book, this free download shows Sequence 1 of 16. It features the straight punch followed by inside block that appears twice at the start of the kata. The opening movement is also covered.

The full e-Book is available as a download at the top of this page. 

Jion e-Book

2nd Edition: A comprehensive colour breakdown of the Kata JION that formed part submission for Rakeshs' 5th Dan grading with The British Combat Association in 2008.

Full Introduction
Principles and Guidelines
9 easy to follow Kata chapters with full colour photos
3 Jion Bunkai Training Drills - NEW!
Conclusion & Acknowledgements

Kata Combat - A Duality of Theme

Every Kata can be viewed from two perspectives: Kata for
effective combat and Kata for competence.

Kata Combat is primarily concerned with the effective application of the techniques and principles found within the Karate Kata.  Studying the techniques and applications and combat principles, effectiveness is tested in live drills.  Kata competence is concerned purely with the practice of solo kata where emphasis is placed on demonstrating correct form along with all the elements that constitute Kata excellence.  

Kata Combat - A Kata Evolution

Once we have learnt the various techniques and motions within a Kata we can
begin to learn to perform the Kata as a solo form.  Having gained an overall
understanding of the Kata, we can then start to study the Kata competencies in
more depth thereby adding a new layer to our understanding of the Kata.  We
can study facets such as, the number of techniques  and repetition, the Kata
Embusen (floor plan), type of stances and angles as well as the general feel and
ethos of the kata.  Patterns start to emerge and kata’s themes and characteristics become evident. 

Kata Combat - Bunkai Training Drills Part 1

I state in ‘Practical Applications for the Kata Jion’ that Kata were originally intended to capture the ‘highlights’ of an effective combative  system. The distillate of this system survived over generations as it had an inherent aid memoir that enabled the practitioner to communicate it to his incumbent generation. As a result of the balance needed between reliance on memory and the need to maintain the principles of Kata, an optimal and not limitless number of movements exist.

Kata Combat - Bunkai Training Drills Part 2

I state in ‘Bunkai Training Drills Part 1" that in order for training drills to be effective, they should be focussed and apply the sound combat principles extracted from Kata.  The drills must be kept simple and be scalable - simplicity allows us to focus on the key principles and scalability allows us to extend these concepts to an appreciation of just how chaotic combat is.  Taking a stepwise approach to the drill and applying progression ensures we are better equipped to deal with the chaos of combat.

ABC RED - Safety Model

A one page crib sheet depicting the ABC RED stages. Includes the considerations in each step of the process.