Naihanchi kata empi uchi bunkai application

Naihanchi (Tekki) kata bunkai. This is about first sequence haito – empi uchi. Main point here is to use elbow to escape from grab and counter at the same time. Keep in mind that execute empi uchi in way that it is also escaping technique.

Oss. :)

Shorin Passai kata – mikazuki-empi bunkai

This is bunkai from kata Passai, also known as Basai Dai in Shotokan. It is close distance techniques sequence. You should execute

  1. Mikazuki kick,
  2. Elbow strike,

  3. Uraken to attackers face,

  4. Escape from grab and

  5. grab attacker groin as ultimate measure.


It is pretty cruel sequence, but it is sometimes necessary to be very lethal if you are not as strong or big as your opponent. Version of kata that we practice is known as Oyadomari Passai or Tomari Passai and it is the oldest version of this kata as far as I know.

Oss. :)

Passai kata bunkai – Sagurite udewa

Sagurite – searching hand. This technique is from kata Passai and it is aimed at attackers eyes. Parry with rear hand and poke with front hand because front hand can cover more distance. Use neko ashi dachi to align your body and cover. Eye-poke here is used as shock technique and after that you proceed with Udewa, grab head manipulate opponents neck and takedown. Funakoshi used term “Udewa” for this throw and I like that name. In Shotokan Basai Dai sagurite is replaced with generic shuto uke and bunkai is lost.

Oyadomari Passai – Shorin ryu kata video

This is Oyadomari Passai kata. That is Tomari version of Passai kata and it is generaly oldest version that survived today. This kata is modified in Shotokan and is also known as Bassai dai. Version that we practice is similar to one that is passed down through Matsubayashi school. There is saying that Passai means “Lion dance” and I think that it is highly possible because there are many paw and claw techniques that are similar to cat movements. Our dojo has lion as an amblem and Passai is our signature kata.

Kushanku kata – Shorin version video

Kata Kushanku is most advanced Shorin ryu kata. This kata is known as Kanku Dai in Shotokan. This is how we perform kata in Tsunami dojo. Version that we do is the oldest and is known as Chatan Yara Kushanku. Kushanku name is the name of Chinese envoy named Kushanku who showed fighting techniques to royal guards. This is mentioned in Oshima Hikki documents 1762.

Naihanchi kata video

This is Shorin ryu beginners kata. This is how we do it in Tsunami dojo Belgrade. This kata is also known as Tekki Shodan in Shotokan. Shotokan version is done with lower kiba dachi, but essentially it is the same form. Kata depicts basic kick, punch, strike and movement in close distance fighting.

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