NEW! Annesi LIVE!
Annesi LIVE! Productions are full, partial or assembled seminars and classes shot by amateur videographers. Sometimes the sound or image is less than perfect, but Bushido-kai edits the video to bring out the essence of the instruction so the information is always fascinating.
Annesi LIVE!: Aiki Throws from Karate Kata
In the first open seminar at Lynn's dojo (Killeen, TX), Hanshi Annesi was asked to demonstrate Aiki throws and also to delve into the throwing applictitons that appear in kata.
Annesi LIVE!: Training vs. Application, A Private Karate Workshop
Shot in a private Toronto dojo, this intensive class allows you to eavesdrop on questions from black belt karate-ka on several fascinating subjects, answered candidly and in detail by Hanshi Annesi with training exercises to help clarify the points he makes. (2 hours)
Annesi LIVE!: Aragaki Sochin
A semi-private intensive covering Seisho Aragaki's Sochin Kata, often translated "Fighting Monk", the most common ideographs for which suggest "Prosperous Ancient Peace Preservation Center". In an intimate setting with a 3-person class, Hanshi Annesi covers Sequence, Variations, Applications and adds fascinating commentary along the way.
Bassai-dai & Kanku-dai & The Elements of Self-defense
Kanku-dai & The Elements of Self-defense
Shot in Toronto for the Tsuruoka Karate Organization, this seminar features applications from Kanku-dai not seen in previous programs. Using fundamental concepts and principles, Hanshi Annesi shows how the Kanku-dai kata is rich in locking, throwing, weight shifting, back pressure, and soft blocking movements that go unnoticed by most karate-ka. MORE about Kanku & The Elements of Self-defense
Annesi LIVE!: BASSAI & the Elements of Self-defense
Shot in Richardson, Texas, this seminar was purportedly about the principles of self-defense. Only late in the semianr did many of the students realize that Hanshi Annesi was using Bassai-dai to teach fundamental concepts and various categories of self-defense waza like soft and hard blocking, weight shifting, locking, structuring, throwing, and "soft" power punching.
Annesi LIVE!: WANKAN, Theory & Practice
Shot in Richardson, Texas, this seminar condenses the essence of Wankan (Matsukaze) into a single presentation that emphasizs both the method of kata analysis and the distinction between theoretical and applied techniques.
Annesi LIVE!: TENSHO, Range of Intensity
Shot in Toronto, Ontario, this seminar condenses the essence of Tensho (its detail, form and applicaiton) emphsizing both Hard and Soft applications over a range of intensities. Included is an intercession about Structural Analysis.
Annesi LIVE!: FORM to FORMLESS, A Private Karate Workshop
Shot in a private Toronto dojo, this small, intensive class covered several subjects volunteered by the participants: Questions on the Details of Tensho, Goju & Daito Shuto, Testing Structure, The Structure of Nijushiho, Types of Power, Apparent Formlessness, The Triangle Defense, Weight Dropping.
CRACKING THE KATA CODE
Unlimited Insights in KARATE for the TAKESHIN Student
MORE KARATE KATA AT AN EVEN HIGHER LEVEL!
TAKESHIN Karate-do KANKU-DAI
Among the longest forms in the Shotokan, Shito, Shorin and Tang Soo Do systems, Kanku-dai is surpassed in length only by the kata Gojushiho and Goju's Suparinpe. Kanku-dai is the essence of the Heian Kata put together; indeed, some say that it was the prime source of all the Heian kata. In this fascinating form, there are many hidden throws, takedowns, locks, escapes and subtle, effortlessly executed techniques.
TAKESHIN Karate-do BASSAI-DAI
There are actually 11 traditional versions of Bassai. Like Kanku-dai, it uses (or is the source of) many of the techniques shown in the Heian kata. We show four versions of Bassai but, more importantly, we spend the lion's share of the video on oyo (application): hidden throws, takedowns and especially arm locks.
TAKESHIN Karate-do TEKKI Shodan, Nidan, Sandan
Also called Naihanchi, this series of horse-riding kata have had many interesting and sometime fanciful interpretations. Were they designed to fight against a wall? In rice patties? On the ground? We cover stance changes that most studies ignore as well as in-fighting interpretations.
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Kumite- and Keri-waza.
FUNAKOSHI'S 9 THROWS
There were actually more than nine.... Gichin Funakoshi and his senior student Shigeru Egami both advocated throwing in karate. In fact it was Funakoshi, when first settled in Japan, who taught Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo, throws that Funakoshi had learned in Okinawan Karate. In Funakoshi's Karate-do Kyohan, he outlined nine throws which have become the basis of Takeshin Karate-do's shodan requirements.
You've never seen one-step sparring like this! Not fancy, not complex. Just functional!
SUDDEN ATTACK DEFENSE DVD Set
Standard Traditional Ippon Kumite (Embu Kumite) prepares one for a face-to-face street attack. What if the opponent does not attack face-to-face? What if he does not use a head-high lunge punch?
And, what does one-step sparring lead to if not freestyle sparring? The Okinawan masters knew that one-step sparring was a way to apply basics learned in kata.
A variety of sparring drills help you react to unexpected attacks. By learning a logical, incremental set of one-step drills, you prepare for real sudden attack.
Few students or teachers realize the depth to which the one-step exercises can go. This 3-part video series starts with traditional practices, troubleshoots them, and gradually adds variations until unexpected but nonetheless realistic drills emerge:
Touch-Pass, SAD (Sudden Attack Defense), and CAD (Combat Attack Defense.) This video series allows you to bridge the gap between the master's teachings and self-defense in today's world.
SUDDEN ATTACK DEFENSE Mixed Media SPECIAL!
5.5 HRS of DVD instruction AND the 176 pg. book with 300 photos!
BUSHIDO-KAI'S KATA COMPARISON SERIES,
Empi / Wanshu
Offered at the Nidan level of Takeshin Karate-do, Shotokan-style Empi (Flying Swallow) is compared to two versions of its antecedent, Wanshu. Sensei Tobey Reed performs Shuri-ryu Wanshu and Shihan Annesi shows a version of Itosu-kai (Shito-ryu) Wanshu. The kata are shown individually, then side-by-side-by-side. Shihan Annesi devotes the dominant amount of time to Empi applications while Tobey Reed inserts similar applications from a different part of Wanshu. These are compared and contrasted with Itosu-kai Wanshu to make for an action-packed hour-and-a-half of advanced karate analysis and application.
Wankan / Matsukaze
Offered at the Nidan level of Takeshin Karate-do, Shotokan-style Wankan (King's Crown) is compared to Shito-ryu's Matsukaze (Pine Wind) which is also known as Wankan. The kata are shown individually, then side-by-side.Ê Shihan Annesi then illustrates numerous applications from both kata. A non-stop hour-and-a-half of advanced karate analysis and application.
Ji'in / Jutte / Jion
Shotokan-style versions of "The J-series," probably descended from Tomari-te. All 3 kata are demonstrated, taught, and analyzed, comparing, contrasting, and discovering new connections for deeper understanding.
Meikyo / Itosu Rohai 1, 2, 3
Shotokan-style version of Meikyo (Shuri-te influenced) compared and contrasted with its root forms the three versions of Rohai from Ankoh Itosu (these forms share a name with but are not the same as the Matsumora Rohai done by Shorin, Shito and Tang Soo do stylists.)
Gankaku / Matsumora Rohai
Shotokan-style version of Gankaku (Shuri-te's Chinto) compared and contrasted with Matsumora Rohai, the Tomari-te influenced historical root of Itosu Rohai and Meikyo.
Hangetsu / Aragaki Seisan
Shotokan-style version of Hangetsu (Shuri-te influenced) compared and contrasted with Aragaki Seisan (Tomari-te influenced).
Uechi Seisan / Goju Seisan
A follow-up to Hangetsu/Aragaki Seisan, comparing and contrasting two similar (but clearly uhique) verison of Seisan, Goju's upper level form, and Uechi's intermediate form.
The Shotokan variant compared with its Kanku-Dai counterpart. Unexpeced comparison, contrasts, and applicaitons.
The Shotokan variant compared with its Bassai-dai counterpart. Form and function with many, many applications.
Hard & Soft Applications of Gojushiho-dai & Gojushiho-sho
The two Shotokan-style kata compared and contrasted with emphasis on the softer applications.
TENSHO, HAKUCHO, PAPUREN: The AIKI of KARATE
Many karate arts claim to start hard and develop soft skills at an advanced level. What turns out to be soft instruction (if any) is a few lessons in joint locks that has little or nothing to do with traditional kata. This double-video set is a unique approach to three traditional kata from Goju and White Crane that are overtly sought but seldom studied for the oyo (applications).
Nijushiho (24 Movements) is derived from a Tomari-te version of Niseishi. Another version, Seisho Aragaki's as shown in this DVD seems completely different. But is it? Compare the two forms and reveal scores of insights and applicaitons as well as unexpected counters form one kata to the other!
EXCLUSIVE ! Rare KATA now available on video!
The Lost CHANNAN Kata (with Dr. Elmar Schmeisser)
You will witness the hidden roots of the Heian/Pinan Kata taught, analyzed, and compared with the Heian kata using plenty of unusual applications.
LOOK FOR THE BOOK Channan, The Heart of the Heians BY DR. ELMAR SCHMEISSER, AVAILABLE THROUGH "KARATE: THE JAPANESE WAY" WEBSITE.
KING SIZE Kata Comparison Set
KCS-1 through 12 PLUS The Lost Channan Kata
15 DVDs (24.25 hours)
INSIDE the KUMITE GAP: Karate In-fighting for Self-defense
Real fighting seldom happens at sparring range. Often, it is in-close and personal. Even if you spar well, the referee stops you when you get too close. But that is where the real fight starts. Are you ready to mix it up? Now you can learn how to finish that in-close fight.
KARATE Engagements SPECIAL
3 DVDs on the ranges of engagement not normally taught by karate systems: ground defense, in-fighting, and throws.
SITUATIONAL SELF-DEFENSE from Traditional Kata
Every karate-ka learns to defend against punches and kicks but karate was originally intended as a holistic self-defense skill. That means traditional training must have included self-defense against lapel grab, front neck choke, rear wrist holds, rear chokes, rear body holds, hammer locks, etc. Shihan Annesi reveals these defenses and more, all from the traditional kata you thought you knew!
HIDDEN JOINT JOLTS from Karate Kata
The blocks and punches are obvious. Sometimes the overt armlocks stick out like a sore elbow; but what about the subtle, quick, debilitating jolts to knees and elbows that are so easy to ignore when analyzing kata? Here they are, clearly instructed and drawn from the kata you thought you knew—amazingly effective and easy to apply!
Download the FREE 2-page PDF notes to the seminar.
MORE HIDDEN JOINT JOLTS from Karate Kata
Although the kata are vehicles for learning hidden joint jolts, the purpose of the training is to instantly recognize an opportunity for a jolt in self-defense. The positions and theoretical situations the kata presents help you understand the body-mechanics needed for practical joint jolt application.
Twice the Jolts (nearly 5 hours!) at Reduced price!
HIDDEN JOINT JOLTS Double-DVD Set
2 DVDs (4 hours, 53 min.)
HIDDEN THROWS & TAKEDOWNS from Karate Kata
A follow-up to our HIDDEN JOINT JOLTS video, this triple DVD set revelas the less overt sweeps, takdedowns, and throws implied or hidden in the karate kata that are otherwise familiar to you.
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HIDDEN OYO (Applications)