Wado-Ryu - Bunkai for Pinan Nidan Kata

Wado-Ryu - Bunkai for Pinan Nidan Kata

This page provides details for the Wado-Ryu Bunkai used for Pinan Nidan, generally the second kata Wado Ryu Karateka is taught. We see the introduction of Neko ashi dachi stance, Kiba Dachi stance, hammer fist, knife hand strike and high block, also using 45 degree angle. So we will look at these separately.

The first technique is a Hidari Tettsui (left hand hammer fist), in Neko ashi dachi. You can use this the same way as a Gedan barai (downward block). So the opponent has grabbed the right wrist, bringing the hand back to the hip and twisting this into a half wrist lock. You would then throw a hammer fist strike to the upper arm of attacker, which is now extended and will be tight, bringing up all those striking points to the top. The Neko ashi dachi is used to be able to drop weight into the opponent. Followed up with Oizuke (punch) either to the ribs if twisted enough, or neck if exposed, this can be to any target that opens itself up for you.

Next is the High Block, please take the word block as loosely as you can. I like this as a strike as well, using gedan barai as described in Kihon Kata Bunkai, if the opponent puts up a fight, or you get it wrong, raising block, using the outside of the forearm to the throat and rolling your arm will get a result. This is done 3 times, and 3 crops up a lot in Wado-ryu katas, This is covered in the Kihon Kata, so after 3 strikes to the same area, the body defenses are low, dangerously low, and landing these Strikes/Blocks to the jaw will get the desired effect, an opponent, with nearly no consciousness left to fight you.

Now, a section just on Tettsui (Hammer Fist), you will hear people say this can be used to strike an incoming punch, if you can do it good, great, but against an opponent that wants to hurt you, you should use something less risky. A Hammer Fist is to be used when you have control of your opponent, in the best case, as a finisher to end a fight.

Now, lastly, Hidari Zenkutsu Dachi (Left Front Stance), and Nukite (Knife Hand Strike), in the kata this is done from a hand position, where they are on top of each other, slide out to Kiba Dachi and side ways Knife Hand Strike. It's a little awkward, but I like Kiba Dachi, it's a strong stance, and you dropping a lot of your body weight, and with your hands in the position, could be a wrist lock, which will lower your opponent, and then strike to an exposed target.

The use of 45 degree's angle, leads to you to strike your opponent through an odd angle, the body isn't used to taking, try it, use the same power and watch how it effects you opponent, the body doesn't appreciate it and will try to get away from it.

After the muwatte, there are 3 Jordan uke, followed by muwatte gedan barai, this can be interpreted as. Fron the last Jordon-uke, with the Hi-kete grabbing the opponent's hair, throat, or shirt, the turn will bring them off balance, and the low block pulling them down to the floor as you twist.

For an example of the bunkai that can be done with this kata, please watch this video with Ian Abernethy.

Practical Kata Bunkai: Pinan Nidan/Heian Shodan Moves 3 to 6

Reference Sources

  1. Iain Abernethy, http://www.iainabernethy.com, Added - 03/28/15
  2. Red Dragons Karate Club UK Sensei Nathan Foster
  3. Improvements to Japanese phrases, Thomas Karate, Added - 04/21/15