Seminar DVD Series
Each DVD listed here features John Burke sensei teaming up with other experienced teachers to compare the performance of kata, and more importantly how the different moves can be used to accomplish the same ends. These DVDs prove that "style" or "lineage" are not the issue, but rather "how you use" what you are taught that really matters. Each disc is about an hour long and was filmed during the seminar in question.
Nijushiho & Niseishi
with Martyn Harris sensei teaching the Okinawan Kempo kata sections. 24.
Directions? Opponents? Techniques? Steps? Advanced kata revealed to be more than blocking straight punches (you know, the kind that no-one really throws?) and catching kicks. See how the two-handed block causes knock-outs.
The Nijushiho & Niseishi video footage is available to download at $24.95 here:
Tekki Shodan & Naihanchi with Martyn Harris sensei teaching the Okinawan Kempo kata sections. So important is Naihanchi that Motobu sensei said it was all that you would ever need. This un-pretty kata and it's Shotokan twin are shown to be the effective fighting methods that they were always supposed to be.
The Tekki Shodan & Naihanchi kata comparison seminar video is available for download at $24.95 here:
Hangetsu & Seisan with Damien Birch sensei teaching the Goju Ryu kata sections. Seisan is an enigma. In some places it's a 4th dan kata, in others it's for green belts. At one and the same time it is both simple and advanced, and Hangetsu is a variation of it.
The Hangetsu & Seisan kata comparison seminar video is available for download at $24.95 here: