2017 Iain Abernethy Seminar

We are pleased to host Iain Abernethy for another seminar on practical bunkai. Iain Abernethy is a world-renowned expert on the practical applications of martial arts and interpretation of kata. Iain holds the rank of 6th Dan with the British Combat Association (one of the world’s leading groups for close-quarter combat, self-protection and practical martial arts), the English Karate Federation, and the British Karate Association.

Pre-registration is currently open to attendees of previous seminars. Information on general registration will be forthcoming. The seminar is sold out.

The Seminar will be held on Saturday September 30 and Sunday October 1, 2017 (rough timetable below) at the Haber Recreation Centre, 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive, Burlington (closest main intersection is Dundas and Walkers Line).

This year’s event will see us cover bunkai and drills for Nisieshi/Nijushiho and Kururunfa (prior knowledge of the kata is not needed). This will include close-range striking, locking, takedowns, limb-control and a whole host of practical karate methods and concepts. We will also be covering the “forgotten” karate takedowns and throws recorded in the writings of masters such as Funakoshi, Mabuni, Itoman, etc.. This will be a huge help in ensuring your karate is as holistic as possible. Iain will also be teaching practical bunkai-based pad drills that permit the striking methods of the kata to practiced realistically while being integrated with the grappling (please bring your own focus mitts if you have them). Finally, Iain will show how he goes about dissecting kata so please have a think about any currently confusing kata sequences you’d like to throw at him!

A rough timetable is shown below and we shall try to adhere to this as much as possible.

Sunday, Sept. 308:30 AMRegistration
9:00 AMSeminar
11:00 AMBreak
11:15 AMSeminar
12:45 PMLunch
1:30 PMSeminar
3:30 PMBreak
3:45 PMSeminar
5:15 PMSeminar Ends
5:30 PMVacate Gym Area
Sunday, Oct. 19:30 AMRegistration
10:00 AMSeminar
12:00 PMLunch
12:45 PMSeminar
2:15 PMBreak
2:30 PMSeminar
4:00 PMSeminar Ends
4:30 PMVacate Gym Area

As regards the Haber Recreation Centre please note the following:

  • Changing rooms, showers and lockers are available (please provide your own lock).
  • Water can be drunk in the gym area.
  • There is to be NO EATING in the gym area. Suitable eating areas are provided outside of the gym area.
  • I would suggest that you maybe bring your own food/snacks. Vending machines are also available.

I’m looking forward immensely to the seminar as I’m sure you are as well. It promises to be memorable as always.

Yours in Karate-Do,
Sandy Roney
Chief Instructor
Shikomu Karate Club
Traditional Karate Arts Canada

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