4 Ancient Karate Techniques For Practical Self-Defense


(upbeat music) – I wanna talk about this book right here, known as the “Bubishi” in Japanese, or “Wubei Zhi” in Chinese. And this particular translation or publication of the “Bubishi”
is by Patrick McCarthy, who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for almost 20 years now. And for the latest edition, I had the great honor
of writing a forward. You can actually see my name there, I’m a little bit
humble-bragging right now. Anyway, the reason I’m
showing you this book is because the “Bubishi” is perhaps the most important text in karate. It is also known as the “Bible of Karate.” And there are many
different kinds of versions and publications and
translations of the “Bubishi.” The important thing is the content, not which one of them you have, okay? And you don’t even need the “Bubishi” to understand what we’re
about to do in this video. But the thing about the “Bubishi” is, it’s the first written document or source proving a connection between
southern Chinese martial arts and Okinawa, the birthplace of karate. And that’s why it’s so
important in the history and evolution of karate. So what I wanna do today is something that I’ve actually never seen before. I wanna show you guys these techniques that you can find in the “Bubishi.” These self-defense templates that laid the groundwork for what
would later become karate, and of course at this point, the word karate didn’t even exist, right? But these moves were
transmitted from southern China, Fujian Province, through the “Bubishi,” to Okinawa, where it
then spread and became the most holy book of
the masters in Okinawa, also known as the “Bible of
Karate” for that exact reason. So let’s bring the knowledge
of the “Bubishi” to life. I have chosen four of
these self-defense moves from the “Bubishi” that
I wanna put together into a longer drill. So I have not created anything of my own. I am simply physically manifesting
four of these templates, but then using my own imagination, I tried to put them together
into more of a flow drill. And to help me, I have my
brother Oliver-san here. And so here’s what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna start off with number one, which, in Chinese, is known
as “monkey steals the fruit.” And these moves have these
nice, poetic names, right? Which is typical of the
Chinese martial arts. So starting from here,
someone does a bear hug, someone attacks me, and
he wants to lift me, throw me away, whatever, here’s what I do. I step to the front, to
pull him off balance, and create some space,
as I then lift my hand on the same side as my leg. So if I step forward with the left leg, I lift my left hand. If I step with the right
leg I lift the right hand. And then my other hand now has space. Can you see this space here? To attack between his
legs, and this is the part that is known as “monkey
steals the fruit.” Right on the testeronies,
right here, okay? And look, if I do this without a partner, it would be like this, here. And this move can be manifested
in several different ways, depending on what kata and
what person you’re looking at. So someone would use his hand this way to rise up and attack, like that. Someone else would do it pushing like this and attacking like that. And you can see how these
moves laid the foundation for the old-school katas
that were later created from techniques derived of the “Bubishi.” So again, number one, here, step! Look, what did he do? A natural response, the flinch response, when someone attacks your testicles, is to try to pull that hand away, right? And now we’re entering into the second of the “Bubishi” moves,
let me just show you. So here, here, that was number one, right here, what we just did, and then we’re now going into number two, number two, do-do-do, where is it? One, two, three, oh, over here, here! This one, right? Okay, so, as he grabs my wrist here, I turn around to face him, and look, my hand here controls
his hand from the inside. I then use my passive hand
to, let’s spin around, to go here for an elbow strike. Either here, if he’s taller than me, or over here for the throat
if I’m taller than him. And then I simply wrap
around for the elbow lock, right here, pushing down and pulling up with this part of my hand, here. If I did the first one here, I simply go here instead, careful. This is known as “old
man carrying a stick,” in the Chinese version. So again, from this side, here, I step, boom, I come around and
I do the elbow strike here or here, it’s up to you, and then I continue right here. Okay, now let’s go into the
third move from the “Bubishi.” So if you do this joint
lock on me, right here, what I wanna do as the
attacker, to escape, is to try to push this elbow here, ’cause that’s the point of leverage, and then try to get my elbow
on this side of his arm, instead of here, right? Because then he doesn’t
have that lock anymore, that submission move,
okay, so you do that on me. Here, push and pull. Now I have to do something else, right? I gotta keep the flow going, and that’s when I go with move
number three from “Bubishi,” which is right here. And it has a pretty cool
name, it’s known as, I will do the “tiger pulling down a boar,” and you will be “four horses
on the loose!” (laughs) Okay, right here–
– Yee-haw! – Yee-haw, so you pull that
arm out, so I drop down here! And now here’s what I do,
if you just spin around. I take my hands, and look, just behind his knees, I lift them up, as I then make my back straight like that. This kind of move, and I’m
almost in like a horse stance. So right here, I go hup, boom, and that!
(body thumps) And that’s it for move number three, but of course, it doesn’t end there. It could end either at
number one, number two, or number three, but I wanna make this into like a flow drill, so you escape. So if you do that on me, I do this, sorry, sorry, here, right? Boom, you drop down, I just jump back, and then I wanna do this, boom, right? That’s what you’re doing. So from the takedown, he
tries to escape, yeah? And then he goes bam, for
that swing towards my face. Now I’m gonna do, yeah, just stand there, the fourth one from the
“Bubishi” which is this, I keep my center of gravity low and I follow up this way. Not straight on, because if he has a lot of
pressure here, it’s difficult. But instead, from the side,
is how I push his knee out, as I then scoop up the leg (body smacks)
this way, and he falls down. And then the rest, of
course, is up to you, because that was the fourth one, and let me just show you that one. It’s known as, let’s see
what the fancy name is. So you did “lion playing with a ball” and I did “tiger strikes
the earth,” right there. So these moves are straight
out of the “Bubishi,” and I mean, as far as we know today, this type of fighting, these method of self-defense, are what made, or what laid the groundwork of what later became karate. And to many people today, it might look like jiu-jitsu or MMA or something, but this is the original
karate from Okinawa and China. So again, let’s do the whole thing, okay? We start off here, attack! Okay, sorry, like that. I’m gonna show you on
the other side, okay? Lift up, create space, boom! He reacts, I turn
around, I grab and I pull as I then go in for
the elbow strike, boom, or boom, there, it’s up to you, again. And then continue here,
he pulls his arm out! I have to do something else, so I just drop down behind him
and try to pull his legs up, and he jumps back and goes
for that swing, right? So I drop down and I go (body thuds)
hup, there, and then I finish off however I want or just run away, and that’s it. This is something that I teach
in my “Bubishi” seminars, and there’s much more, of course. The “Bubishi” is a huge
and very deep text. But I hope this can inspire
you to explore the “Bubishi” on your own and come up
with other cool stuff. And feel free to send it to me. That’s it for today! Train hard, good luck, and have fun! – Oss!
– Just kidding!

100 thoughts on “4 Ancient Karate Techniques For Practical Self-Defense

  1. Quality video as every video of jesse enkamp!exceptional work!keep up the good work!☺️

  2. When you did the: "tiger pulling down a bore" somthing just clicked in me and I finally understood how to do a bunkai for a part of a kata that I was training about for the last year. It's amazing how ancient and intresting the origins of kata are!

  3. Ura no kata in aikibudo system. The daito ryu connection, first technique all start with an attack and the begins the close combat: ippon katsugi-shichiri biki-sukui nage. Thanks you for share this info to revitalize the karata do.

  4. Did you know that each style had it's own version of the BubishI? Depends on whether the roots were northern or southern chuan fa. There is no one catch all version.

  5. This is all well and good, and a good exercise in several moves. However,. when I look at self defense scenarios, i think about the intent of the attacker. Who would seriously grab someone from behind like that unless they were much bigger and the victim most likely a women, and the intent was to carry her off to do what they want to do? Would this work for her being grabbed and lifted with no warning? Also, when I look at your positions before you make that turn for the elbow strike, your brother's face is wide open for an attack to the eyes which would be very quick and end it all right there.

  6. Very interesting! Jesse would you say, “MMA” sort of already existed in traditional karate? And by that, I mean practitioners were proficient in both striking and grappling?

  7. I just decided to buy the Bubishi to compare it with the Fior di Battaglia hand to hand/dagger part of fighting. I am really interested in this book, it will probably be hard to comprehend the techniques without knowing Katas, I see how you and other Sensei are basically “rediscovering” a lot of stuff, but maybe I will work out something from it.
    Thank you Jesse Sensei, another beautiful video. You made me really interested in Karate. I have I great respect for your passion.

    Cheers!

  8. No close schools but through videos like this and the text I can peace together techniques. And train with friends and family who live closer to the school

  9. Love it ! Thank you. Can’t wait to get this book ! And now that you wrote the forward that’s pretty cool too 😏

  10. Oss Jesse.Bubishi is real treasure for a karateka.. Thank you to spread the real spirit of 'Budo'.Every Karateka should know the origin of it. Because true knowledge comes from root knowledge..

  11. Cool! I browsed through this book at Barnes &Noble a few months ago and is really fascinating, but you, Sensei, just made me realized the impact of its influence even in Judo. That 3rd move is Sukui Nage (Scooping throw), right!?

  12. You have any kata applications for the Heian forms, tekki shodan and bassai dai? I also do itf tkd I can never find any applications for my patterns on YouTube apart from a very few sources

  13. Hello, Jesse-San! I have a question, I’ve been doing a lot kicks lately (mostly roundhouse) but after a session the right side of my lower back has a bit of pain and sometimes my feet, any idea on why this happens and how do I fix it?

  14. IDK if someone noticed what happened at 3:05 and some other parts of the video. The moment Jesse stepped forward to create space and break Oliver's balance, oliver insctinctively reacted and countered by moving his own center of balance, wich would neutralize Jesses technique. This is something that you see being exploited again and again on those anti TMA circlejerk channels: they pretend failing to understand that traditional Karate is NOT meant for competitive sparring against other trained martial artists, but a means to defend oneself from the ocassional thug and then running away as soon as you can. You need to modify traditional Karate to fit it in a sports scenerio, either WKF or MMA.

  15. the bubishi 武备志 是a chinese fighting anf millitary strategy book, .the okinawa *(ryukuy isalnd) version is only part of the book . only the close combat part , that is much much more in the original cihinese book (wu bei zhi)

  16. As an outsider, watching karateka attempting locks or takedown is usually either hilarious or horrific. What happened in karate to create the situation of the applications not being transmitted? Were a whole lot of training methods pushed out out when people started gathering large numbers of kata? Are adults essentially learning children’s karate? How did the performance of the moves in the kata become quite different from the actual function? What positives about single person kata outweighed the negatives for them to become the dominant training method? If it was that people needed to train in ‘secret’ and that is no longer the case, should people go back to just knowing a few kata but a more complete system? Love to see some videos getting ‘deeper’.

  17. By the way Kenpo/Kempo is one of a few names for Okinawan Karate as well as formerly Totejutsu (China Hand art); Tang Soo Do is the Korean version of To-te. Gwonbup Korean for Chuan Fa/Kenpo.

    The Chinese Boxing techniques have poetic names and meanings.

  18. Thank You so much Sensei Jesse! 😁 I do learn a lot from your videos. God bless and keep on inspiring other people.

  19. As a student and instructor in Historical fencing, seeing karatekas working through their history is fascinating. And I am really interested in this book, seems to have some gold material in there, even if it is just for a researcher like me. Quality video m8, would be nice if you could show some more of these techniques.

  20. Hi. First i must admit im no karate expert but from a practical stand point would’nt it be more efficent with a right hook across Olivers jaw at 5:06 in the video?

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