Seminar at Dragonfly Karate

The seminar will cover applications in kata/forms ( bunkai ) for both defensive and training purposes. Focus will be in concept-based applications for your system and style. This weekend’s material will encompass the Pinan/Heian/Pyung series but also include drills and ground applications from other forms, as well. Subject matter is applicable to many styles and forms. The seminar is open to kyu and dan ranks and is a great opportunity to meet and train with local martial artists!


Saturday September 9, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday September 10, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Seminar is hosted by Dragonfly Karate & Kobudo in Terrell, TX.

Guest instructor is Paul Wilson of White Rock Kenshinkan in Austin, TX.

Early registration : $50 for 1 day or $75 for two days

$60/$90 at the door

Contact for details and registration


4th Bunkai Seminar Debrief

White Rock Kenshinkan Dojo held it’s 4th annual Bunkai seminar. This year’s attendance was double previous years and had a strong showing, by both Federation members and first timers, and several returning karateka, as well. In all, martial artists representing the following systems came to share in kata concepts and applications:

Shorinryu | Goju Ryu | Kempo Jujitsu | Tae Kwon Do | Tang Soo Do | Keichu Ryu Shotokan | Kyokushin

I started these seminars in order to meet people after moving to Austin, but those that attended had a good time and seemed to want this kind of research, so we tried it annually and it took off, growing every year, often by word of mouth. (This year, we had to utilize both the front and back rooms!) I made it “open” in order to meet up with new friends but also as a way to help inform fellow martial artist from different systems that, since we often use the same kata, the application can differ but the concept is the same.

The secondary goal of these seminars were to challenge myself, as an instructor and karateka, to see if I could even get it off the ground. It then evolved to extending the information and keeping it fresh, as well as leading a group of karateka with experience across the spectrum.

The theme this year was “Get a Grip on your Kata” and we focused on kata application with emphasis on opponent control. We looked at common concepts within various kata and talked about the different application versions, as well as the context of Okinawan kata and how it informs the applications. This year, we included guest lecturers Matt Hamilton, who led a discussion on hubud principals and Adrian Williams who led a section on the Goju Ryu version of Seisan.

The session started with some fundamentals, consisting of stepping drills to help guide attendees that come from systems that focus on longer ranges to operating at kata range. It also serves to remind all of us on the benefits of body change and proper stances to set up the variety of applications. Kumu Matt then led the Hubud session, focusing on the passing, trapping and grabbing that can be found in kata. We paused from time to time to highlight examples found in several flavors of kata. After, that we tied the feet and hands together by combining the drills to prep for the bunkai work in the afternoon.

The Bunkai section kicked off with a small section on how the distance and position change application, using Fukyugata as an example of a basic kata “hiding” arm bars and throws, as well as strikes. We also talked about systems can vary using the same concept. As the participants worked on the material, we were lucky enough to have Don Foster, Kyoshi and Michael Veillon, Renshi help out with uncovering the concepts by working with the groups.

Instead of focusing on a particular kata we hopped around various “cross-platform” kata and worked on repeating concept in kata such as Fukyugata, Wansu, Pinan and Seisan, with some brief visits with Naihanchi, Chinto and Passai.

Overall, everyone indicated they had a great time! I know I did and appreciated the support of my Federation family.  I learn so much getting ready for and then leading these seminars and look forward to sharing this type of training to help us all understand and grow!


3rd Annual Bunkai Seminar

2014 Bunkai Seminar Pictures 


Saturday April 4th 2015 1:30-5:30pm

The seminar is open to all martial artists who are interested in researching practical applications within their kata/forms. We’ll be discussing applications from kata, focusing on Naihanchi/Naifanchi/Tekki/Chul Gi and also from Pinan/Pyong series and others. Find the FAQs here…

Last year’s seminar had attendees with experience in:



Tang Soo Do

Uechi Ryu


Koryu Uchinadi

Tae Kwon Do


Additional concepts covered include: distance & footwork, Joint Locks & Chin-Na applications, Crane concepts, what you might be “missing” in your kata and how kata joins systems

Space is limited!!!!

$45/$35(attended previous seminars)

OSMKKF/AOSKKF members $25

INSTRUCTOR SPECIAL: Bring 3 participants and get a discount and free registration!

$90 at the door (Instructor & 3 attendees)

Click here to register!!

Promotion News!!

Congratulations to my Dallas student Chris Carroll on his promotion to shodan!!!

Also, Blaine Hightower received his 3rd kyu brown belt and John Fleming, who took over the Dallas dojo, received his Instructor Certification in karate.

Very proud of you all!!


John Fleming, Sensei of Iron Dojo, Wilson Sensei, Carroll Sempai
Below: Shawn Carroll Blaine Hightower

WRK Rank Promotions

White Rock Kenshinkan Karate Dojo in Austin, TX announces student promotions!

Students demonstrated their ability in karate, tuite, self defense, ippon kumite and kata as well as protocol and adaptability.

Hector Flores and Harry Hart passed the examination for 9th kyu in class tonight, as guests watched adding to the pressure. They performed all the techniques they’ve been learning over the months and proudly received dojo certificates of their promotion.

I’m very proud of Hector and Harry! The first ranking students of my new dojo in Austin!!

Hector Flores, Wilson Sensei, Harry Hart


WRK Slideshow

Athens Black Belt Class

All day class at Athens Karate School for the Certified Instructor candidates.

As a student I get so much from training not only with Shipes Sensei but also with my fellow yudansha. As much as I learn about refinements to my technique from Sensei, I learn as much just talking with my fellow students. Discussing the things we have learned in training and teaching really helps polish skills and furthers the “walk down the path”.

To that end remember to train seriously on your own as well as with your fellow students and share!