The Functional Karate Revolution
By Jesse Enkamp on
The practical applications of kata (bunkai) are being rediscovered around the world. Thanks to social media and MMA, we're experiencing a functional Karate revolution! But how do we best navigate this paradigm shift?
I sat down with Patrick McCarthy, founder of Koryu Uchinadi and author of Bubishi. In this interview he reveals the HAPV concept: Habitual Acts of Physical Violence. This self-defense concept explains how to use kata in a real fight. We also cover the history of Okinawan Karate, the Japanese modernization, and how to make Karate practical!
Ultimately, you need a teaching method that progresses from passive to active resistance. This enables you to gradually mimic reality. Otherwise your kata applications won't work on the street. Watch to the end for a bunkai demonstration (kata Gojushiho Sho) filmed at sensei Mccarthy's seminar.