SHOTOKAN BUNKAI VIDEOS
In the past, it was expected that about three years were required to learn a single kata, and usually even an expert of considerable skill would only know three, or at most five, kata. Gichin Funakoshi
Bunkai, literally meaning "analysis"or "disassembly", is a term used in Japanese martial arts referring to the application of fighting techniques extracted from the moves of a "form" (kata). Bunkai is usually performed with a partner or a group of partners which execute predefined attacks, and the student performing the kata responds with defenses, counterattacks, or other actions, based on a part of the kata. This allows the student in the middle to understand what the movements in kata are meant to accomplish. It may also illustrate how to improve technique by adjusting distances, time moves properly, and adapt a technique depending on the size of an opponent.
Some kata have another layer of
application that is taught using an Oyo Bunkai, an "application of the
kata in ways other than the standard bunkai." Different practitioners will
learn or discover alternative applications, but the bunkai, like the kata,
varies based on the style and the teacher.