Wado Ryu Bunkai

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Wado Ryu Bunkai

Some students of Karate state that there isn't any Bunkai associated with Wado Ryu Katas. They are wrong.

Bunkai (analysis of the often hidden meaning in Kata) is relevant to ALL Kata. The confusion arises because Wado is not one of the original Okinawan forms of Karate and as such has no traditional Kata of it's own. Wado was founded in 1934 by Hironori Otsuka and is a mainland Japanese fighting art that incorporates elements of Karate with JuJutsu.

All of the Kata found in Wado Ryu come from existing Okinawan Karate styles primarily Shotokan and Shito Ryu. Unlike traditional Okinawan Karate, Wado places great emphasis on one step sparring (Ippon Gumite) techniques. These techniques mostly rely on Tai Sabaki (body management) which though a part of Okinawan Karate has more in common with Wado's JuJutsu element.

For details of Wado Bunkai, cross reference with the corresponding Kata in other Karate styles.




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