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Bunkai-Jutsu Seminar with Iain Abernethy
A weekend of practical karate and kata analysis!

Bunkai-Jutsu Seminar

 with Iain Abernethy, 6th Dan

June 4th and 5th, 2016



With Sensei Abernethy's permission, due to a high level of demand 10 additional spots have been added to the event, bringing the total up to 70 spots!  

There will be no additional limit increases, so please sign up before it's too late!  

Welcome Karateka!

On behalf of Budo IKD Manitoba I am pleased to present the Bunkai-Jutsu Seminar with our very special guest, Sensei Iain Abernethy, 6th Dan, from Cumbria, England.  Mr. Abernethy has taught in Canada before, but this will be his first time visiting Winnipeg!

As you might have guessed, the focus of this 2-day seminar will be on kata applications (see next section for course details), which we commonly refer to as bunkai.  Specifically, we will be focusing on practical kata applications in the context of self-defense. So what exactly does Bunkai-Jutsu mean?  Sensei Abernethy explains the term in the introduction to his book:

The term 'Bunkai-Jutsu' is taken to mean 'the application of the techniques and concepts of the katas in combat.'  the word 'bunkai' literally means 'analysis'.  Hence, when people talk about 'kata bunkai' they are referring to an analysis of the kata.  However, throughout the karate community 'bunkai' is the common term used to describe the fighting techniques of the kata.  The term 'Jutsu' means 'method' and is used in reference to the actual application of techniques in combat, eg 'Kenjutsu' - 'the method of using the sword in combat.'  Hence, 'Bunkai-Jutsu' can be taken to mean 'the application of the techniques and concepts of the katas in combat.'

- Bunkai-Jutsu: The Practical Application of Karate Kata


These days, Mr. Abernethy is extremely busy on the seminar circuit traveling the globe teaching his practical approach to karate.  His schedule is booked solid for nearly two years.  We were fortunate enough to secure a date well enough in advance that works for both parties. 

We have two very full days of training in store for you.  About 12 hours of instruction on the topic of practical karate and kata bunkai!  The seminar will be held at Garden City Collegiate in the main (centre) gym, which is brightly lit and features hardwood floors.  

Spots are limited!  In order to maintain a good level of instructor/student interaction, we have limited the number of participants to 60, at Abernethy Sensei's request.  Please take advantage of the early bird registration to ensure your place at what will very likely be a sold out event.  

This seminar is open to individuals who are at least 16 years old and hold the rank of 1st Kyu or higher.  Karateka of all styles are welcome to attend. 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me (see Contact Information section near the bottom of the page).

I look forward to training with you at what will surely be an event to remember.  See you at the seminar!

Best regards,


Phil Harris

Seminar Coordinator  

Topics Covered at the Seminar

Sensei Abernethy will be covering the core concepts of his approach to practical karate and kata bunkai, including practical applications for a whole host of kata such as the Heian Series (Pinans), Tekki Shodan (Naihanchi), Bassai-Dai (Passai), Kanku-Dai (Kushanku), Jion and Enpi (Wanshu). These applications will include close-range strikes, throws, locks, chokes, takedowns, groundwork and will show karate as the holistic combative system it was intended to be.  

To give you an idea of the kind of instruction to expect, please have a look at the video below.  Sensei Abernethy explains a few of the core concepts of the analysis of kata, pertaining to the meaning of angles found in kata, and why certain techniques are often done in threes.  If you are not already familiar with his videos, I highly recommend you check out his YouTube channel for hours upon hours of quality content.

About the Instructor

Iain Abernethy 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.  With a karate background in Wado-Ryu, Sensei Abernethy has trained in various martial arts since childhood.  He has written and produced a number of highly acclaimed books, DVDs, podcasts, and YouTube videos on the subject of kata and its use as a practical application for self-protection.  His seminars are in great demand worldwide.  When he is not traveling to teach seminars he teaches at his home dojo, Abernethy Jissen Karate-Do, in Cockermouth, Cumbria, England.



Garden City Collegiate's recently renovated main gym features hardwood floors with bleacher-style seating and lots of natural light shining through the windows.  There are change rooms and showers available.

Garden City Collegiate Centre Gym

Lunch will not be provided but feel free to pack a lunch or a cooler and bring it with you.  There is a large area directly outside of the gym with plenty of tables and chairs where you can have your lunch and chat with attendees.  If you need to buy a lunch, there are several nearby options a short drive away.  There are water fountains just outside the gym, and also a drink machine.  No food or drink (except water) in the gym area please.



Offline Registration

Although online registration is preferred, if you would rather not register online, or if you are an instructor wanting to register a group of students, we can accept offline registrations and payments.  Here's how to register offline:

  1. Send an email to with a list of all participants ensuring to include the following information for each participant:  Full Name, Date of Birth (must be 16 or older), Gender, Email Address, Mailing Address, Style of Karate, Rank, Years of Experience.  Their information will be entered into our system. You will be emailed a confirmation number.
  2. Send a cheque by post for the total amount made payable to Heijoshin Karate.  No post-dated cheques please.  In the notes section of your cheque please be sure to write 'Bunkai Seminar' and your confirmation number.  To qualify for early bird pricing ($120), your cheque must be received before April 1st, 2016.  Otherwise, the full amount of $150 per participant will be due.
  3. Once payment is received, your spot will be reserved.  All registrations and payments must be received before June 4th, 2016.  Sorry, no payments will be accepted the day of the event.
  4. On the date of the seminar, each participant will need to sign a waiver before being allowed to participate.  For participants under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian will need to sign the waiver on their behalf.


Please send payments to:

Heijoshin Karate

ATTN: Bunkai Seminar

603 Bonner Avenue

Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2G 2J8


Registration fees

Bunkai Seminar (2 Days) Closed

Registration closed
  • *Due to the limited numbers all participants must register for the full 2-day seminar.

    1. CA$120.00
      Jul 10 – Mar 31
    2. CA$150.00
      Apr 1 – Jun 3

Event Schedule

  • June 4 9:00 AM CDT - Registration / Check-in

  • June 4 9:30 AM CDT - Seminar

  • June 4 12:00 PM CDT - Lunch Break

  • June 4 1:00 PM CDT - Seminar

  • June 4 5:00 PM CDT - Bow out

  • June 5 9:00 AM CDT - Seminar

  • June 5 12:00 PM CDT - Lunch Break

  • June 5 1:00 PM CDT - Seminar

  • June 5 3:00 PM CDT - Bow out

Contact Information

Event Location

711 Jefferson Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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