The Secrets of Bassai Dai Kata
by Colin Wee
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Breaking Through: The Secrets of Bassai Dai Kata
Bassai Dai is a kata, or pattern, practiced across Okinawan, Japanese, Chinese and Korean martial arts. Also known as Passai, Bassahee, Bal Se, Pal Che, Palsek, Bal Sae, Ba Sa Hee, or Bal Sak, depending upon the martial art or lineage, Bassai offers the opportunity to commune with Soken Matsumura, its presumed author, and learn the secrets locked within this perennial kata.
In Breaking Through: The Secrets of Bassai Dai Kata, Master Colin Wee plumbs the depths of Bassai Dai, having returned to it for inspiration time and again to deconstruct it and extract its most important lessons during nearly 40 years of training. The twelve applications presented herein delve beyond simply bunkai and traditional step-sparring, both of which assume a scripted and simplified one-and-done formula for defense. Master Wee’s methodology, principles and applications address the fluid and successive nature of combat to teach martial artists how to read each of an aggressor’s initiatives and respond appropriately until the aggressor is unable to continue to attack. The lessons taught by Soken Matsumura through Bassai Dai—which Master Wee and his students have relentlessly studied, tested and trained—are an effective series of principles and defenses against the most common and frequent attacks one is likely to face.
Retail Price: $34.95 USD
Publisher: Moosul Publishing, LLC (March 23, 2023)
Paperback: 160 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches