Many people think it’s hard to apply techniques from kata in a self-defense scenario.
“How can this be used?” they think, and all too often try to use it against a straight karate punch. Like a street thug would launch a perfect oi-zuki/gyaku-zuki/jun-zuki/[insert-your-favourite-straight-karate-punch-here].
And if it doesn’t work, they think the technique is worthless, or a waste of time. For example, here is a very common karate move, called kake-te (“grabbing hand[s]”). It is featured in many kata, and almost always done in neko-ashi dachi, sanchin dachi or sometimes shiko dachi.
Ask someone for an application for the kakete and in 9 times out of 10 they will show you this:
Tadaa! (This is two instructors from our dojo, Viktor and Vincent).
Sometimes they will really let their imagination flow, and do the kakete from the inside too! Look!
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of this type of bunkai.
So I looked outside. Outside the box.
Let me introduce… 58 bunkai to kakete! Performed by my loyal slav… oops I mean colleagues, Viktor and Vincent. All of the bunkai are different, and if you slightly adjust the position of the hands here and there you could easily make if over 100, if that’s important to you. In this case the camera’s memory card got full, so we could only do 58.
Feel free to try them out on somebody next time you train, I guarantee they hurt to 99.9%, if you do them correctly.
By the way… I noticed something strange with #36… (row 12, right).