Well, the 2013 Bootcamp has been and gone and we're now planning the 2014 event.
This year we had participants flying in from Ireland and travelling from all over England and Wales. We took a slightly more experimental and experiencial route to our learning, handing participants a fishing rod rather than fish.
As for next year... well, we'll see.
We keep the class sizes small so that each participant can have their questions answered and gets personal attention.
The video footage on this page was shot at the Bunkai Bootcamp 2011.
There are a range of hotels and B&Bs locally, and Newton Abbot is only as few miles from the seaside resort of Torquay for some rest and recuperation after the training.
Oh, if you are a subscriber to the Bunkai Strategies DVD course then you know that you have a discount certificate. Don't worry if you've lost it or you don't want to mail it, we keep records of who has had what, so all you need to do is let us know that you are coming and bring that (very small) balance with you. The Bunkai Bootcamp discount is nearly worth taking the course for all on it's own, isn't it?
You are encouraged to take notes. We will supply a copy of any footage we manage to get, and this might come out as 4 hours of video as in previous years, but there is no substitute for your own notes and experiences.
We will look at
the half-way rule
surface and hidden
the 5 possible effects
3 applications per move - minimum
and a few surprises too. Ask your questions, bring your applications, we'll tweak and improve and you will have answers.
I look forward to training with you.
2011, 2012, 2013 Bootcamp DVDs
(in production soon)
The 2011 & 2012 Bootcamps were filmed. We are currently in the process of editing the footage to make this into a truly valuable resource. There are some small pieces of information and clarification that haven't made it through, so we're busy trying to make the rest of the footage as cohesive as a project like this needs to be.
The ROUGHCUT edition of the footage from 2013 (no fancy editing etc) is available as a download here:
There is over 3 hours of footage, distilling 4 days of training down to the bare bones of practical kata bunkai principles. You can have it for £87. Once I've done with the editing it will be twice that.
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