Bunkai Jutsu by Iain Abernethy


bunkai jutsu“Iain Abernethy has shown us the real beauty of karate with his innovative and pioneering work”
Geoff Thompson

“Iain’s work is both educational and thought-provoking
Paul Clifton, Traditional Karate and Combat

"A seminal book in unravelling the mysteries of kata"
Goran Powell

Few books can be call ‘seminal’ in karate, but Bunkai Jutsu is one. While Iain was not alone in pioneering realistic kata applications, his  was the first major publication to put this pragmatic approach out there in a systematic way. He reinforced his excellent book with a series of DVDs that investigated each kata in detail.

One of the reasons for Bunkai Jutsu’s wide appeal is it covers kata from karate’s ‘Shuri’ lineage familiar to practitioners of major styles such as Shotokan, Wado Ryu and Kyokushinkai (although the kata may have different names).

The book sets out some sensible basic ‘rules’ of what makes a kata application viable in a real fight and gives some eye-opening examples of ‘wrong’ and ‘right’ thinking. Bunkai Jutsu shows how kata contain a complete fighting system including locks, throws and strangles as well as striking with the hands and feet. An essential book on practical karate.