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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:17 am 
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While there was certainly no shortage of excellent yudansha everywhere I looked during my decade in Japan, I found no trace of such teachings anywhere there, Okinawa or beyond! Hence, I was compelled to make my own deductions, which gradually resulted in the establishment of the HAPV-theory [Habitual Acts of Physical Violence] and two-person drill concepts which ultimately lead to the development of Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo-jutsu.

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Residing and studying in Japan for many years, his field research took him to Korea, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and China where he came into contact with many of the most senior authorities of various martial art traditions.

Such studies not only improved his skill and understanding but also resulted in the publication of several important literary contributions along with a brilliant thesis he called the Habitual Acts of Physical Violence (HAPV) theory.

Having walked in the footsteps of those who pioneered modern karate, McCarthy’s progressive efforts were recognised in Japan.

In fact, his teaching credentials come from the very same source, as did those of Funakoshi, Miyagi, Mabuni, Ohtsuka, Konishi, Sakagami, Yamaguchi, and Nagamine, to name a few of the most well-known luminaries.

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A recognized trailblazer in the application practices of traditional kata, McCarthy Hanshi has been invited to teach his theories in more than twenty countries around the world including, Canada, the USA, Venezuela, Trinidad, Ireland, Scotland, England, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia, Israel, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

The extent of his knowledge, quality of instruction, open-minded approach to teaching, and willingness to share, have all contributed to why this non-Japanese master-level instructor has become one of the most sought after teachers of traditional karate anywhere in the world today.

When speaking about kata and application practices few instructors of traditional karate are better qualified to learn from than McCarthy Sensei.


No questions about Patrick's qualifications and intelligent approach to embedding the necessary response actions
against habitual acts of street violence.

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Both Okinawan and Japanese masters have maintained that kata is the soul of Karatedo, and yet, in spite of this ubiquitous testimony, its original defensive intentions remain ambiguous and convoluted.

Having made an art of extrapolation and reverse engineering McCarthy Hanshi has long employed these autodidactic techniques in conjunction with his HAPV-theory to discover how the underlying ideas and principles that govern application principles of kata work.

In the book, “Karate Masters”, Nishiyama Hidetaka said, “Later on the student must connect the principle to the application. The old masters experienced these applications.

Therefore, the practitioner has to study the outside form first, then understand the principle, and later connect the principle to the actual application.”

An exhaustive study of karate’s early historical and technical publications, comparative analysis of style-curricula, the disassembly of traditional kata and linking them to the HAPV have become the benchmark practices through which McCarthy Hanshi has effectively reconstructed the tactical concepts of kata.


And here, I find that keeping it simple is the best way...not to fall prey to ...'well this move from the kata is for this ...that or the other thing...and then this move and the other move is for this'

...and show me how you understand each move BS...

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Ritualized model responses culminated in kata concern two principal issues, seizing and impacting, or combinations thereof.

Excluding weapons, being struck from behind, and attacked by several opponents, physical confrontation can be catalogued into individual and collective study/learning modules.

Although there will always be variables unique to every encounter, the commonalities can be categorized into , physical techniques have to do with seizing or impacting.

Techniques of percussive impact include punching, kicking, elbowing, kneeing, striking, stomping, butting, and bumping.

Seizing techniques include throwing, restraining, pressing, choking, wrestling, and the grabbing of an opponent to augment the effectiveness of impact trauma.

1988 McCarthy shootfighting at Tokyo's Korakuen Hall Patrick McCarthy’s far-reaching study has not only catalogued these obvious, but all too often overlooked truths, he has also discovered their connection to kata and systematized them into simple learning modules.

The informal presentation, below, outlines the substance and process of the seminars he teaches.

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You have pointed out one of the most difficult parts of understanding kata bunkai and extrapolating effective techniques from the principles within them.

Personal interpretation, somatic types, lack of written transmission on the development of the kata itself or the intended principles/applications they were meant to teach, dilution of the bunkai understanding from generation to generation... it is a lot to put one on the wrong path to truly learn what the kata hold.

Many folks have come up with ways to research kata bunkai and distill the best applications & principles from them; Patrick Mc Carthy's HAPV is one of the best known and copied of these.


One of the very best ways to train is to have a list of the HAPVs nearby and, picking a few at a time, put your effective response actions to the test.

A good way to get humbled.


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