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Kata Bunkai avec Johnny Gence Sensei


Johnny Gence Sensei in méditation - Mokuso

(Video at the end of the article!)

07/04/2013 : For the second time, Johnny Gence Sensei came to do an internship at my club in Langres.

It was a real success, not only thanks to the performance of Johnny, but also thanks to participants who came sometimes from very far away and very motivated.

I have already spoken to you several times about Sensei Johnny Gence, especially during the internship in 2011, where he spoke to us basics of body dynamics and its applications in karate et especially 3 C and internal pressure. If you do not know yet Master Gence, I invite you to read or watch his interview where he tells us very humbly his journey since his childhood and his vision of traditional and competing karate.

For this second meeting at Karate Club of LangresI had asked him to focus his training on the fight, because I had already seen videos of Johnny in action and I was impressed. In addition, the fight is not my specialty, I thought it could only be beneficial to my students. Frankly, I'm not disappointed. I learned so much in a day that I'm not sure I can write everything down.

I'll do my best, but first I'll start at the very beginning, ie the day before:

As Johnny still had 3 hours to come, he preferred to arrive Saturday night to be fit for the course. With my wife, we welcomed her home the day before the course for a small meal very friendly. He was accompanied by his wife and we spent a very nice evening exchanging things and others, but mostly Karate. I think Johnny could talk for hours of karate as his knowledge is great. For once, I did not speak much ;-). Johnny is inexhaustible, just ask him a question to engage in a speech always exciting. We learned, even while eating, it was magic.

The next morning, I left early enough, to make sure everything was ready and to welcome the first arrivals.

Stage by Johnny Gence Sensei à Langres

They were numerous, very motivated, happy to be there and often coming from far away: Some of Dijon, Mulhouse, others of Paris, Orleans, Vosges ... and even of Zurich ... Wow! The internship in Langres is competition !!!

As much to say that I was delighted, and I thank all these participants (and participants) for making the way to visit us in our small fortified city. Thanks thanks thanks.

All levels were represented from the white belt to the black, so we found ourselves at about 25 on the tatamis (for Langres, it's HUGE!)

Kata - Bunkai:

Since there were beginners, Johnny decided to stay on the Heian, but in his own way. He explained to us again the basic principles he draws from the teaching of Master Nishiyama, Namely 3 connections (mental, body and ground) and internal pressure.

Then we went into the thick of things with bunkai at Heian Shodan and Nidan. I will try to describe them to you:

Bunkai 1: Tout début d'Heian Shodan

1- Tori attack Oizuki Chudan law. You block Gedan Bars Left (Johnny pushes on this Gedan Barai and the rotation, there must be pressure on the ground and internal pressure, the arm does not come to the ear, it's too "volatile", but just presses against the body to keep a good body connection).

Johnny Gence Sensei and Bruno Bandelier in Bunkai on Heian Shodan

2- Then raise your left arm and leave it stretched to the chudan level (1er "shock" with left fist) to advance on right Oizuki (2 th "shock"). Tori steps back (Iki Ashi)

3- Circle Tori's neck with the right arm - at the stroke strikes with the forearm in the carotid (3 shock).

4- Once his neck circled, press Tori against you strongly by bringing your elbow towards you as in the armored Gedan Barai (with the principle of the body connection, seen above ...) (That's what Johnny makes me on the picture (no, no, this was not a hug :-)).

5- Catch Tori's chin then turn to the right as in the kata by pulling back the front leg and swiveling on the back leg and make gedan barai -> projection de Tori

Johnny explains that this kind of exercise, we must not have in the idea of ​​dropping the opponent because we can quickly do anything, but we must stay in the idea of ​​kata and Gedan Barai, the body straight, pressure on the ground, internal pressure and the projection is done alone, without it necessarily seeks to bring down Tori ... If the gesture is well done, it will inevitably fall.

Bunkai 2: End first straight then rotation in Heian Shodan

Johnny Gence Sensei Bunkai sur Heian Shodan1- Tori attacks again Oizuki Chudan law. You block Jodan Age Uke Left (Johnny reminder that the elbow should not be out, and that the shoulder should remain low and well connected to the body.)

2- Right away, you chained with open left hand on Tori's face -> 1er "shock"

3- Then, while controlling Tori's right arm with your left arm, you move forward Ayumi Achi et Age Empi right to the chin -> 2 th "shock"

4- Stay very close to Tori. Lower the right hand to grab his right arm, catch the collar with his left hand (You are in the position of the armed Gedan Barai just before the rotation ... You press always Tori against you.

5- Rotate: Turn to the left to continue the Gedan Barai as in the Kata -> Projection de Tori

As for the first bunkai, do not try to knock Tori, but just make the gesture correctly, with your arms still pressed against the body, and Tori will fall. If you take your arms off the body, you do not control Tori anymore. Always stay ready.

Bunkai 3: Tout début d'Heian Nidan

1- Tori seizes you by the collar and throws Tsuki right jodan. You block with Jodan Morote Haïwan Uke. In fact you block with the left arm and the right arm is used to hit Tori in the face -> 1er Shock.

Johnny Gence Sensei explique internal pression

2- You block Tori's left wrist by pressing your left arm against your body and you hit Tori's elbow with your right arm -> 2 Shock. (Next, how is Tori's elbow turned, one can make an arm lock by blocking the elbow)

3- You finish with Yoko Tsuki left, or Tetsui at face level -> 3 shock

Johnny shows us the principle of internal pressure in this passage of Kata. You must use the body as a spring, between 2 and 3 shock. There is a spin in one direction, then in the other with each time internal pressure at the level of the Hara. Knees must not move.

Bunkai 4: Tout début of Heian Nidan (Même passage que le Bunkai 3)

Johnny Gence Sensei and Bruno Bandelier Bunkai Heian Nidan

Here there is no longer an arm or projection key, it's simple, blockages and an atemi. But on the other hand, each technique prepares the next, one arm blocks while the other prepares to intervene for the next technique.

1- Tori attack OiZuki Jodan right. You make Jodan Morote Haïwan Uke: still blocking with the left arm, but this time the right arm does not come to hit Tori, he stays up in Kamae position to prepare the next technique.

2- Tori chained Gyaku Tsuki Chudan Left, you continue the movement of the kata: Soto Uke right (or Osae Uke) and at the same time the left arm comes against the body in preparation for the following technique.

3- You end with Tetsui Uchi Jodan left, (or Uraken, ou Yoko Tsuki) -> Although final.

And that's all ! Yes, in 1h30, we only saw that, but Johnny goes into so much detail explaining for each technique the application of Internet pressure and connections that we do not see the time pass. We worked kata, but really in application by two, it was a foretaste for the kumite of the afternoon.

Here is a small video montage of this first part with all the Bunkai and in the first part the explanation by Johnny Gence Sensei of mental, body and ground connections. He will also explain what the internal pressure is. You will learn a lot, enjoy!
(The music was given to me by David Stekelorom, musician and Karateka, thank you David!)

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So, I hope this little video has more and that it will make you want to know a little better Johnny Gence and his pedagogy during these next courses.

Then, in a very friendly atmosphere, we all went to eat at the restaurant, delighted with this first part of the course.

Meals Johnny Gence Sensei's internship in Langres

I'll give you a report for the afternoon internship in a future article.Good, I'll stop there, my keyboard needs rest, and me too.

You will love ! Sensei Johnny Gence made us work on Conventional kumite (but in his own way!) to gently take us to le combat libre.

We had a blast

In the meantime, leave me a comment!

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  2. I am karateka CN 3ème Dan Shotokan, but I am interested in all that can make me evolve on the various methods of heating, the methods of training which can vary from one educator to another, in a word all can be useful. thank you for helping me

      • Bonjr Me Sensei Bruno, I am very happy to read you on the Bunkai katas and I am very ready to have the data but what complicates me when I find that everything is payable

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