Bunkai

Kama – The Sickle of Okinawan Kobudo

Okinawan Kobudo has a diverse array of weapons. Gathered from everyday farming implements (but sometimes not really, shhhh), the Okinawans developed an impressive life protection system through armed combat. The kama, or sickle, is one of the fierce and intimidating weapons they developed. As you probably already guessed, the kama were used [...]


Bunkai

Hikite – The Withdrawing Hand

Hikite – what a great concept for us to sink our teeth into! I’d like to thank Mike Sherman for asking me a question in class that started a meandering rant that ultimately led to this post. Hikite (te meaning hand, hiki or hikeru meaning drawing in) is a very common aspect of traditional martial arts, especially in karate. Whenever [...]


Bunkai

Building and Rebuilding Bunkai

In general, bunkai is seen as a definition. By that I mean, kata represents a word which can then be defined by bunkai. For example: Hypotenuse: the longest side of a right triangle, the side opposite the right angle Block Left: A punch is coming in with the opponent’s right hand and I block with my left arm See the similarity? Using [...]