Movement by Hanshi Zenpo Shimabukuro

The following YouTube video shows an excerpt of a seminar by Hanshi Zenpo Shimabukuro, 10th Dan, of Seibukan Karatedo, the style founded by his father (Zenryo Shimabukuro sensei) based on the Shorinjiryu of Master Chotoku Kyan.

In various videos of Hanshi Shimabukuro, I’ve constantly been impressed by his masterful demonstration of power and economy of movement. A very interesting video.

How To Win A Fight

Prolific martial authors Lawrence Kane and Kris Wilder (guest on Episode 3 of The Applied Karate Show podcast) are set to release a new book in October called How To Win A Fight (aff.).

Lawrence and Kris have released the following video promo for the upcoming book.

I’ll update when the book is released, as it follows on from a number of excellent publications from these outstanding karateka.

Kris and Lawrence host the Martial Secrets podcast, which I highly recommend.


Enter The Dojo Show

I’m enjoying a new parody show that is available on YouTube called Enter The Dojo.

The show follows the instructor and students at a fictitious dojo of a fictitious style called Ameri-Do-Te.

Enter The Dojo is of course a parody, but enjoy. Its good for us to take a look sometime at the idiocy sometimes propagated, and perhaps the preconceptions people might have about the martial arts.

The Applied Karate Show Podcast Schedule


I am now in the process of putting together the next episode of The Applied Karate Show podcast. The interview is recorded, and the show will be out shortly.

When, you ask? Well thats the reason for this post.

I’ve been thinking a bit about the show. I really enjoy doing it, and have come to the conclusion that if its going to happen, I need to set a schedule and stick to it.

So, going forward, the plan is to release one podcast interview per month, with the episode going live on the 15th day of the month.

This is a schedule that should be “do-able”, and will help in preventing the old issue of “life getting in the way”. I am currently drawing up a schedule of interviews for the coming months, and this will help me to lock in.

I trust you’ll enjoy the podcast when its back “on the pod”, and as always, I would appreciate any input or suggestions you might have.

Podcasts I’m Listening To

While you’re waiting for me to get The Applied Karate Show podcast back on air, there are some other excellent martial arts related podcasts you should be listening to:

Iain Abernethy’s Podcast

Ian is a UK based “pragmatic traditionalist” karateka who puts out a monthly podcast where he discusses his views and insights into all aspects of karate related to real world applications. A true skeptic when it comes to many of the kata application claims made by some traditionalists, Iain has a way of not backing down when it comes to firmly but politely making his point. Iain was interviewed in episode 9 of the Applied Karate Show.

Martial Secrets

A very regular podcast being put out by Seattle based Goju karateka Kris Wilder and Lawrence Kane, Martial Secrets is generally a two person discussion between the hosts on a variety of martial arts related topics. Occasionally the show focuses on interviews by one of the hosts with a variety of people who are knowledgeable in the arts, or have insights into human nature, psychology or violence as it relates to them. Kris was interviewed in Episode 3 of the Applied Karate Show.

Karate Cafe

Karate Cafe is probably the grand-daddy of karate podcasts, and has gone through several iterations of hosts and formats. Its quite regular at the moment, and I enjoy listening to Paul and Dan discussing a variety of topics.

The DenshoW

Hosted by professional broadcaster and martial artist, Chris Kaye, The DenshoW is a semi-regular show the provides a news roundup of various topics of interest to martial artists, along with short interviews.


I hope you enjoy these, and look forward to bringing you more episodes of The Applied Karate Show soon.

Kenkokan Dojo Renovations

I was interested to see that the Shorinjiryu Kenkokan So-Hombu Dojo in Tokyo is being renovated. The Shorinjiryu Kenkokan headmaster (and my former teacher), So Shihan Masayuki Hisataka (Hanshi 9th Dan) has recorded a short video showing the work in progress.

I spent 2 years training at the Kenkokan So-Hombu Dojo, and it is interesting to see the renovations. Operating since 1955 in the current location (near Waseda in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward), the Dojo was quite small but had a great atmosphere. I loved every minute of my time training there.

It looks like the new dojo will be larger and will have sprung wooden floors and walls, with tatami mats to allow for practice of throwing techniques and ground fighting.

Congratulations to Hisataka Sensei and all at the Kenkokan on the new dojo. I look forward to seeing news from the official re-opening in October.

The Applied Karate Show Episode 13 – Pat Nakata Sensei

Applied Karate #013 (mp3 – 31MB – 30 mins)


After a long hiatus, the Applied Karate Show podcast is back with what I like to refer to as Season 2! Going forward, its my plan to release one episode each month, hopefully on the 15th or so of the month.

This special guest for the launch of season 2 is Pat Nakata Sensei, a longtime practitioner of Chibana Shorinryu Karate hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii. Nakata Sensei has been practicing martial arts for over 60 years, with more than 50 years of karate practice. His teachers include some well known names, including Ohtsuka Hironori Sensei (Wadoryu founder) and Walter Nishioka Sensei. Perhaps his main teacher however was Shorinryu pioneer Chibana Choshin Sensei, under whom Nakata Sensei trained for a year, whilst living on Okinawa.

In this interview, Nakata Sensei speaks about his genesis in budo, starting with Judo at the tender age of 5, and moving into karate from age 14. He discusses visiting Japan and Okinawa with Nishioka Sensei, and his experiences in staying on in Okinawa, training under the watchful eye of Chibana Sensei. He discusses the differences between one-on-one and group training in Chibana Sensei’s dojo, and how Chibana Sensei imparted kata meaning and philosophical aspects.

He also talks about kobudo training with Nagaishi Fumio Sensei and Kyan Shinyei Sensei, and the changes in karate over the past 50 years.

Nakata Sensei also discusses training at his own dojo, and why he has done away with any form of ranking, and also the karate gi jacket.

For more information about Pat Nakata Sensei, please visit the website of his student John Oberle at Bujutsu Blogger.

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Applied Karate #013 (mp3 – 31MB – 30 mins)


Iain Abernethy Releases Beyond Bunkai DVD

Beyond BunkaiIain Abernethy, Sensei (guest on episode 9 of The Applied Karate Show podcast) has announced the release of a new DVD called Beyond Bunkai.

I’ve always found Iain’s DVDs to be very professional, with excellent production quality and interesting and thought-provoking content. I’ve appreciated recently that Iain has been releasing some of his titles as downloadable movies, and hope that he will add Beyond Bunkai as a download soon!

According to Iain’s newsletter update,

This DVD presents a unique non-scripted flow drill that includes all the motions found within Naihanchi / Tekki Shodan. Ideal for the more experienced bunkai practitioner, and essentially infinite in its variations, this drill shows the depth of Naihanchi / Tekki Shodan and includes gripping skills, head-butting, biting, gouging, seizing, locking, controlling limbs, chokes, cranks, takedowns and close-range kicking.

This drill is also unlike most flow drills in that it is not carefully scripted nor does it involve giving up a position of advantage so your partner can have their turn. The drill instead enables the practitioner to dominate at close-range, flow past any obstructions the enemy may present, safely escape, and practise applying the bunkai of the kata in a realistic context. This DVD also includes a breakdown of the kata itself and a discussion on the history of Naihanchi / Tekki Shodan.

Iain Abernethy is one of the world’s leading exponents of kata application and practical karate. He has been invited all over the globe to teach his approach and to help people return to the original combative nature of the traditional martial arts.

Beyond Bunkai is available in PAL and NTSC format from