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Review of "Bunkai-Jutsu, The Practical Application of Karate Kata", by Iain Abernethy
I just finished reading this book. It's pretty interesting so I decided to write a review. I looked on Bullshido, and while people mention his name, I didn't see a discussion of this book.
First, my prejudices. My school uses both traditional forms and also separate self-defense techniques, standup fighting (kick boxing style) and ground fighting (basic BJJ-type stuff).
This book describes a different approach to traditional katas. First, he discusses how the original Okinawan forms were watered down for use by school kids (I don't think people debate that). Then he describes real applications for the several example Japanese/Okinawan kata sequences. His points are that people didn't practice fighting by chambering their hands and doing block/punch combinations. It just doesn't make sense. His example applications are typically close range self-defense sequences.