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Train Thursday 12 September - Roundhay 5pm and 6pm and Pannal Kids 5.30pm

Roundhay St Andrew’s Church

Thur 17:00 - 18:00
Thur 18:00 - 19:00

Pannal Village Hall

Thur 17:30 - 18:15 Kids only

There are so many rabbit holes you can go down if you get into Martial Arts and one of the current popular ones is Bunkai (分解), literally meaning "analysis" or "disassembly".

Bunkai is a term used in Japanese martial arts referring to process of analysing kata (Forms/Hyung) and extracting fighting techniques from the movements of a "form" (kata). The extracted fighting techniques are called Oyo.

In Kong Sudo we refer to the ‘Bunkai’ as applications and you will be learning at least 1 or more application from each Hyung.

Geoff Crockerharrogate, karate
Train Wednesday 11 September - Harrogate Squash and Fitness Centre 5.30pm

Harrogate Squash & Fitness Centre

Weds 17:30 - 18:30

Born in Yamakawa Village, Shuri, Okinawa, in 1796, Master Sōkon Matsumura was was one of the original karate masters of Okinawa. Master Matsumura was given the title "Bushi" meaning "warrior" by the Okinawan King in recognition of his abilities and accomplishments in the martial arts.

If you study Karate you will find that all routes point back towards Master Matsumura. He was regarded as a fearless fighter and blindingly fast and deceptively strong.

Matsumura wasn’t just a fighter consider his writings to his students below and how relevant this is today.

It is in the study of jukyo, or Confucianism, that we can find the Way. In finding the Way we can:

  • gain a deeper understanding of things,

  • build strength from weakness,

  • make our feelings more sincere,

  • become virtuous,

  • administer our own affairs more effectively or better control our emotions,

  • in doing so make our home a more peaceful place - a precept which can also apply to our country or the entire world.

Train Tuesday 10th September - Tadcaster Kids and Harewood Village Hall

Harewood Village Hall
LS17 9LJ

Tues 19:15 - 20:15

Tadcaster St Mary’s Church Hall
LS24 9AH

Tues 18:00 - 18:45 Kids only

Itosu Anko, Born in Gibo Village, Shuri, Okinawa, in 1831, Master Ankō Itosu was was instrumental in the introduction of karate into Okinawa's schools.

Died 11 March 1915

Master Itosu was a student of Master Sōkon Matsumura and one of the main influences on Master Gichin Funakoshi.

Many of the forms (Hyung) you practice we modified by Master Itosu. He even changed Bassai but called it Bassai Cho so it was different to Bassai Dai.

Bassai Cho (Sho - Japanese) Storming the Fortress (lesser or small) rather than the bold and strong moves in Bassai Dai, Master Itosu aimed to exhibit an inner calm and energy.