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Welcome to the latest edition of Impact: The combined newsletter of the BCA, WCA and BCKA! Lots to update you on. Please see the contents list below!

In particular, please checkout section 2 and 3 about the new websites! We also have information on new podcasts, seminars, online videos, books and more!

These are your newsletters so don’t hesitate to let us know of anything you want included in mailshots, newsletters and Combat Corner.

Enjoy the content!


“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.” – Neil Gaiman



1 – Combat Corner
2 – New Websites!
3 – Register your club on the new websites!
4 - Karl Thornton New Book!
5 - Interview of Hino Akira, an exceptional Budo master
6 - Conflict Research Group Intl.
7 - Free ebook from Andi Kidd’s Genjitsu Karate
8 - Combat Martial Arts Eastbourne
9 - Karate in the Olympics
10 - New Podcasts! Q & A Parts 1 and 2!
11 - Iain and Kris Wilder discuss growth, planning, patience and focus!
12 - Iain Abernethy Applied Karate / Kata Bunkai App Updates!
13 - Nine New Applied Karate Videos!
14 - Bunkai Bash 5!
15 - Krav Maga: Tactical Survival Book
16 - Karate and Self Defence by John Titchen
17 - Karl Thornton 2017 USA / UK Controlling Distance Seminars
18 - Heian/Pinan Focus Mitt Drills by Lee Taylor
19 - Combat Coach Programme


1 – Combat Corner

Combat CornerDon't forget about Combat Corner. It's our weekly “Newspaper” for the WCA / BCA / BCKA. A new issue will be edited and generated every Wednesday!

It will contain articles and videos from WCA / BCA / BCKA instructors and students (and our friends too!).

The fixed link to Combat Corner can be found here:

Please take a look, bookmark the webpage, and check out every new issue each Wednesday!

So far we have included material from Peter, Geoff, Karl Thornton, Iain Abernethy, John Johnson, Lee Taylor, Jamie Clubb, Andi Kidd, John Titchen and more!

Playing the Game by Jamie Clubb


2 – New Websites!

I just want to let everyone know that the new websites are now up and running and we now have them consolidated under the Combat Group and below is a new advert that announces the launch. The Combat Group website is the ‘portal’ site, behind which sit the three membership Associations.

These are a work in progress and we still have some work to do getting everything across from the old sites and some new content, but I hope you like the sites and the Club/Instructor listing section, which looks really good.




3 – Register your club on the new websites!

The new websites are now live and we will have a more detailed section for club listings!

When I say club I’m also referring to people who are Associate Instructors who, effectively, we treat as a club. As you can see below, we need some basic information and, if available, more detail to help better describe what you do, where you are and how you can be contacted.

Obviously, if you have, over a number of years, accumulated expertise in 20 systems we can’t list them all so choose the key things you teach, or deliver, that best describe your operation.

If you have clubs in a number of locations list these with post codes.

The new sites will have far more exposure so it’s in your interest to put some work into this to get the attendant attention from this.

Please email Dawn on

with the information.

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn.


Peter Consterdine

ADDRESS (if applicable)


4 - Karl Thornton New Book!


Controlling DistanceMy Second Book.

Will be taking pre-orders soon.

RRP: $35 AUD

Controlling Distance.

This publication looks at the basics of the psychological and physical applications of dealing with anger, aggression and violence. To better understand what is going on when we are faced with reality. What is normal and legal behaviour, and what is deemed illegal and unlawful behaviour.

It focuses on how we control distance and control the process of anger and its escalation into aggressive and violent behaviours. How we can use assessment measures to try to de-escalate and negotiate. And where unavoidable how to deal with Active Threat Control.

Many areas in this publication will also expand on and include segments from my previous book. “Violence Evolving” The physiology and Psychology of violence. Looking at the process of dealing with anger, how through our own actions, or the intended outcome of the aggressor, anger can escalate to aggression and to violence. Taking an in-depth look at compliant and non-compliant behaviours, belligerent and criminal intent and more importantly our won capabilities, possibilities and limitations when dealing with these behaviours.

The title of this publication is “Controlling Distance” and the reason for this, is this is a publication where we will delve into, and better understand anger, aggression and violence, as well as where controlling distance is the primary goal of self-preservation and self-protection. Where controlling distance under duress and stress and controlling distance for harm minimisation is paramount.
Controlling distance and how we control distance will be determined by many factors. From controlling distance based on time too de-escalate and negotiate with a perpetrator. Through to instinctive responses to deal with an imminent attack where controlling distance is about gaining the advantage under attack.


5 - Interview of Hino Akira, an exceptional Budo master
Interview of Hino Akira, “Wakayama’s tengu” – by Leo Tamaki

Hino sensei is coming straight out of a novel. He grew up in Osaka’s suburbs where he quickly witnessed – and sometimes involuntarily played a role in – violent brawls.

He has authored several books and videos, and so today his voice is heard beyond the martial world’s boundaries. Nowadays, Olympic medallists, kick-boxing and free-fight champions, professional football and rugby players as well as dancers, actors and therapists come to study with Hino sensei the efficient use of the body according to Budo’s principles.
Meet a master of exception.


6 - Conflict Research Group Intl.


Dear fellow instructors, members, students, please feel free to access then pass this ace free gift on to anyone and everyone you know.

There are no catches it’s just a vast resource of materials, articles and a few free copies of a monthly magazine. 

We also welcome contributions - join Peter, Geoff, Iain, Kevin, Mo and other BCA Instructors onto the international stage, message me at

Here is a complete freebie, no strings.

Just click on the pic then click the yellow box.



7 - Free ebook from Andi Kidd’s Genjitsu Karate

Precepts, WAR and Peace

Part of the requirements for Genjitsu Dan grades is the writing of an essay. This requisite is so that students can explore and expand on ideas at a deeper level than in a normal dojo setting. It also gives the instructors an insight into their personal philosophy of karate training. Some students hate the task and find it much harder than the physical component, others enjoy the challenge.

Sometimes these essays go above and beyond what is required of them and this composition by Gary Charlton is one of those occasions. Gary has put a piece of work together that deserves more than being in the Genjitsu databanks and is much more than just another grading essay. This is an excellent piece of work that deserves a much bigger audience and with that in mind we decided to put it out onto the web for more people to enjoy.

I hope you appreciate this work as much as I did and I hope that Gary will write some more articles in the future.

And by the way, he did pass his grading.

To get Gary’s free e-book, please go to:


8 - Combat Martial Arts Eastbourne

As an ex Kent Police Officer and now college lecturer I am keen to help young people especially those from a disadvantaged background. We recently were awarded Active Sussex and lottery funding in partnership with Sussex Downs College for a year to help to get 14 – 25 year olds into sport namely Martial Arts. I feel the sport offers amazing learning opportunities in areas such as; self-discipline, self-motivation, health benefits including fitness and healthier living styles and many other similar advantages.
We are due to started these sessions in November, 7:00 – 8:30 in the centre of Eastbourne Town; The Martial Arts Centre - Eastbourne. 24 Longstone Road, BN213SN. For the Active Sussex Target group these will be FREE or have a small contribution in order to train with us depending on their situation, some basic equipment can be supplied where necessary to support inclusion. Sessions will include fitness, stamina, flexibility, Muay Thai, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, BJJ and will offer the chances to compete and train with people at the top of their field. 
Advertising for this project would be an amazing help for us to achieve our goals, we are also running a session in the daytimes at the college for Disabled students which is FREE. Anyone you could pass this on to or direct to us in order to join this project would be most welcome!
Mick Poil
CMA Chief Instructor
07833 723 590


9 - Karate in the Olympics

We have had these links sent to the National Karate Presidents from the WKF about the 2020 Olympics.

For those clubs in the BCKA we are, of course, part of this opportunity through the EKF and please feel free to circulate these links.


Peter Consterdine

Vice President English Karate Federation (EKF)


Dear President,
I am pleased to inform you that a documentary video on the past Karate World Championships held in Linz, Austria, will be published on the Olympic Channel of the IOC this Monday, December 26th.
This documentary, which is 30 minutes long has been elaborated by our production company, and will be broadcast on the platform of the Olympic Channel, in this link:

Likewise, this feature will be broadcast from Thursday, December 29 on the WKF YouTube channel in this link:

I think it is an excellent opportunity to show the magnitude of our flagship event as well as to demonstrate the excitement and spectacularity of our sport. I am sure that you will enjoy this documentary, and that you will contribute to the extent of your possibilities to spread this excellent news so that all the Karate fans in your country get to know this outstanding product.

Antonio Espinós

WKF President

World Karate Federation Headquarters
Avda. Filipinas 50, Esc.2 1º-A
28003 Madrid, Spain
Tel:  (+34) 91 535-9632
Fax: (+34) 91 535-9633


10 - New Podcasts! Q & A Parts 1 and 2!


Q and A Podcast Part 1: Self-defence and Bunkai Questions

Q & A Part 1This podcast is so big, it became two podcasts! This is Part 1 of what will be a 3-hour Q&A podcast! I asked for questions and then arranged them by topic. In Part 1 we cover self-defence and kata / bunkai questions! Topics covered are listed below. We also have some new comedy “sponsors” that I hope you’ll enjoy too!


The use of weapons in self-defence / UK weapons law; The effect of the local law on training; Kyusho points for self defense; Do self-defence instructors need real life experience; Why do so many clubs focus on sport; Kicking in self-defence; Self-defence training for children; How to teach students to walk away; What to do following an incident ; Do we train in too many things; many of which will be ineffective in self-defence.


Kata and Bunkai

(Starts at 55 mins) The use of Kubodo weapons in Kata; What is the most practical kata; How many kata do you need to know; Why do many so many karate clubs not practise bunkai; Do the kata of different styles have differing amounts of information; Why do instructors knowingly teach impractical bunkai; When should students start learning bunkai; Do all traditional forms/kata come with bunkai; Do I publish my latest thoughts and discoveries or do I keep it for the seminars; Given the amount of information available, why do some instructors ignore it and stick to “compass point bunkai”; What was the kata that Funakoshi’s son was taught in secret; As people study a smaller number of kata in greater depth, is there a danger some kata will be forgotten; and, if so, which ones will they be; Should we change kata to better reflect bunkai; How do we ensure kata bunkai training covers all the likely happenings in self-protection; Which of the previous podcasts do I think are “must listens” for students wishing to understand the basics of bunkai.

View the video and Listen to the podcast on this webpage:
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Listen to Iain Abernethy's Podcasts on Itunes:
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Q and A Podcast Part 2: Karate and Training


Q & A Part 2Part 2 of our 3-hour Q&A podcast! Please be sure to listen to part 1 first! In Part 1 we covered self-defence and kata / bunkai questions. In Part 2 we look at General Karate, and Training and Technique questions! A full list of topics can be found below. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions!


General Karate

What other Japanese arts have influenced the development of karate; Are modern styles losing the originality and martial side of karate; Where does tradition stop and modern innovation start; Has MMA helped karate re-discover itself; What style of karate do I practise; Thoughts on karate getting in the Olympics; The nature of kiai; How karate is influenced by national culture; Where does karate begin and end; What are Motubu's most significant and / or unique contributions to Karate; The criticisms I have had; If I could talk to Itosu and Funakoshi what would I want to know; The evolution of my own karate.


Training & Technique

(Starts at 51:30 mins) Traditional vs. modern training equipment; How much time should you spend on each element; Should you wear gloves when doing pad drills; Training in more than one art; The necessity of sparring; Training for body type; Which part of the fist should we hit with; Flexibility training; Fitness training in karate classes.

View the video and Listen to the podcast on this webpage:
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Listen to Iain Abernethy's Podcasts on Itunes:
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11 - Iain and Kris Wilder discuss growth, planning, patience and focus!

Iain and Kris PodcastIn this podcast Kris Wilder and I discuss growth, planning, patience and focus in the martial arts and everyday life. It was a fun conversation!

The podcast was recorded at Kris’s home studio when I visited Seattle earlier this year. Kris, Rory Miller, Lawrence Kane, Jordan Giarratano and I were chatting when Kris asked if I wanted to do a podcast … so we entered the studio and this was the result. Kris did a great job in steering the conversation and I think some very interesting stuff got recorded.

It was put out mid-December as an episode of Kris Wilder’s and Lawrence Kane’s “Martial Arts and Life” podcast (subscribe if you’ve not yet done so!) and Kris kindly let me share it via this feed too.

Martial Arts and Life Podcast on iTunes:

Kris Wilder was the guy who introduced me to podcasting when I was on his “Martial Secrets” podcast way back in 2005. That was the first podcast I ever did. In fact, I think it was the first time I’d heard of “podcasts”. I asked Kris all about them, and that planted the seed for my own podcasts. Not long after Richard Barnes pushed me to get going (as well as providing all the technical knowhow to make it happen). So you’ve those two men to thank / blame for the decade of podcasting that has resulted to date!

After the main podcast Kris has included an outtake. We had to pause for a second and Kris whistled into the microphone to mark the point that needed taken out. This resulted in three sharp spikes that are easily identifiable on the monitor. That makes editing very simple and it struck me as genius! You can hear how impressed I was and it’s now a part of my own podcasting process :-)

I hope you enjoy listening to the podcast!

12 - Iain Abernethy Applied Karate / Kata Bunkai App Updates!

The App!As you may know, the app is updated with new exclusive content weekly! We have recently added exclusive videos on:

• Advanced Chinto / Gankaku Drills
• Attack Lines & Angles in Kata
• Basic Chokes and Strangles
• Why there are no guards in kata
• Saifa History and Bunkai
• Naihanchi / Tekki Leg Techniques
• Bunkai Basics: Knife Hand Drills
• Principles of Throws and Takedowns
• In-Depth Breakdown: Holistic Impact Drill
• Introduction to Basic Kata Based Sparring
• Four Video Breaking-Down Bunkai for the whole of Niseishi / Nijushiho
• Three Niseishi / Nijushiho Bunkai Pad-Drills
• Basic Joint Lock Drill
• And More!

If you are not an app subscriber you are missing out on loads of exclusive content!
More details here:

13 - Nine New Applied Karate Videos!

1) Jion Bunkai and Drills

In this video we look at some applications / bunkai for Jion kata, and then combine them into a flow drill. It should be remembered that flow drills are not a “replication” of a fight (only live practise will suffice), but instead they are a time-efficient way to practise the methods of the kata. The kata, the drills and live practise (where the principles and methods of the kata can be applied freely) combine to form a holistic training matrix.
Kata alone is not enough; drills alone are not enough; and live practice alone is not enough (because you need to be educated on what to do in that live practice). It’s when it all put together that it works, and the purpose and nature of kata can be realised.

It needs to be remembered that this clip is a short summery filmed at a much longer event. It is not possible to show the full methodology, nor is the clip intended to be instructional in nature. It was filmed to be an aid to memory for those present at the event. I nevertheless hope it is of interest.

2) Basic Body Shifting Pad Drill

In this video we share a basic body-shifting pad-drill. All punches are done with the right-hand (or left when you do it from the opposite stance). The drill consists of one punch shifting backward, one punch on the spot, one lunging-punch stepping forward, and one reverse-punch stepping forward. We therefore have four right-hand punch variations in one quick drill.

One thing to note is that because the enemy’s arm has not been grabbed, your non-punching arm should be up and ready to work (not arbitrarily pulled back to the hip). Hikite (pulling hand / the hand on the hip in kata) is there to clear the enemy’s limbs out of the way of the target, and to locate the enemy via proprioception (holding them so you know where they are in the mess of the fight). We should never pull the hand to the hip if it is not performing one of these tasks i.e. it is empty.

The drill should also be performed in a flowing way. It should not be done with gaps or moments of stillness. It is not four motions; but one motion where the pads are hit four times. The “stances” are not fixed or to be held (as one would do in the learning stages) but instead they are flowed through, and adapted if required to ensure maximum impact for the given distance.

This idea is encapsulated in Gichin Funakoshi’s 17th precept: “Beginners use stances; advanced students use natural postures”. This does not refer to a change in practise where beginners use stances and advanced students abandon them in favour of something else. What it refers to is the “stances” of the beginners becoming the “natural body positions” of the more advanced student.

Genwa Nakasone wrote the following in Karate-Do Taikan when clarifying Funakoshi’s 17th precept: “Karate has many stances; it also has none.” It may seem like a paradox but it is not. Karate has no fixed postures; but we move through many postures as we move. In short, we do not move “to” the stances, but “through” the stances.

Genwa Nakasone (when clarifying Funakoshi’s 18th precept) also wrote, “Never be shackled by the rituals of kata but instead move freely according to the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses”. So there will be occasions where stances will need lengthened or shortened in order to get maximum impact.

We want to encourage body awareness and precision of movement when doing the solo kata; so the stances should be “exact” in kata. However, in application, the stances need to be an “exact fit” for the circumstances. Therefore, variation of the “formal stance”, as presented in the kata, in order to ensure maximum impact in a given set of circumstances is desirable. That is the traditional process.

This drill can help with the application of stances because it encourages fluid notion through the stances (not freeze-framing on them as one may do in the learning stage) and the adaptation of the stance to circumstance.

3) Naihanchi / Tekki-Shodan Striking Flow Drill

In this short clip we look at a bunkai flow-drill for Naihanchi / Tekki-Shodan. It is a basic drill that focuses on creating and exploiting opportunities for close-range strikes. It should be remembered that this clip shows a few minutes summarising a much longer session. This clip is therefore not instructional in nature and obviously does not cover how such drills fit into the wider training matrix. The methods of the kata need drilled in many other supporting ways. This drill is just one of many.

4) Jitte Bunkai

This video looks at the bunkai from Jitte kata. “Jitte” translates as “ten hands” and the video begins by examining what that name may represent. There then follows a demonstration of a two-person drill that is made up of the kata’s bunkai, in the order they appear in the kata. This is just one of many Jitte drills and it is important to also drill the motions individually, in short sequences, in alternate orders, with variations, with varying levels of compliance, and so on. This drill is not meant to mimic an actual fight, or suggest that the kata could be applied in its entirety as shown in a live situation. Instead, it is a two-person drill to sit alongside the solo-form to act as a time efficient form of practise. How such drills fit into the wider training matrix is beyond the scope of this video.

5) Dropping and Rising Punches

The striking in modern karate tends to be very linear due to the influence of modern sporting practises. However, when we look at the striking within the traditional kata we do see strikes that arc downward, upward and horizontally. In this video, we look at a downward arcing strike from Passai / Bassai-Dai, and an upward arching strike from Wanshu / Enpi. As with all these videos, this is just a short clip from a much longer training session and therefore the video is inevitably incomplete. I nevertheless hope you find it interesting.
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6) Naihanchi / Tekki Shodan Bunaki Pad Drill

In this video we look at a close-range Naihanchi / Tekki-Shodan pad-drill! The purpose of the drill is to allow the practise of some of the motions of the kata, in sequence, in a way where we can actually make hard contact with a target. When practising with a partner – which is also obviously very important – power needs to be taken out of the striking. Drills like this one can help correct for that.

This drill mainly looks at the rising strike and the horizontal hammer-fist. On both strikes the non-striking arm is clearing the path to the target. At close-range, it is far more effective to have the hands active in this way; as opposed to having them held in a passive guard. We see lots of active hands throughout kata (which is also why we don’t see passive “guards”). The drill also includes the “retuning wave kick” from the kata, which is an effective close-range kick.
This is just one of many drills, and all other strikes in the kata should also be drilled against impact equipment in this way. This is not something the past masters could do; because modern striking equipment was not available to them. There was therefore limitations on the way they could practice e.g. you could not do the kata sequence covered as is on a makiwara (hitting from differing angles, clearing real limbs, etc). Modern equipment should therefore be embraced – alongside their older counterparts – for the improvements to karate training they can permit.
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7) Niseishi / Nijushiho Opening Sequence Bunkai

In this video we look at bunkai for the opening sequence of Niseishi / Nijushiho kata! There are essentially two main variations on this sequence. We either see the third movement being done as a rising elbow (i.e. as Shotokan) or as the foot being withdrawn and the left arm being dropped forward (i.e. as Shito-ryu or Wado-Ryu). Bunkai for both variations are covered in this video.

The bunkai is presented in the form of a single drill. However, as with all bunkai, the motions should also be drilled separately, be varied and be drilled in alternate orders. It should be remembered that this drill is just one part of a much wider training methodology. Please watch out for another video that will be coming soon in which we show how this sequence can be drilled on the pads!
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8) Niseishi / Nijushiho Pad-Drill 1

In this video we look at bunkai based pad-drill for the opening sequence of Niseishi / Nijushiho kata! There are essentially two main variations on this sequence. We either see the third movement being done as a rising elbow (i.e. as Shotokan) or as the foot being withdrawn and the left arm being dropped forward (i.e. as Shito-ryu or Wado-Ryu). Pad drills for both variations are covered in this video. We also add in the following leg withdrawal (done as a knee lift in some styles) and “double block” as an inner reaping throw. Of course, we must adapt the techniques a little in order to allow uke to hold the pads in away from their head. Regardless, this remains a fun and satisfying way to practise the bunkai sequence with actual impact.

As with all bunkai and associated drills, the motions should also be drilled separately, be varied and be drilled in alternate orders. They also need drills live. It should be remembered that this drill is just one part of a much wider training methodology.

9) Kata-Based Limb-Control Drill

This video shows at a basic kata-based limb-control drill. The methods contained within the drill can be found in many kata including Gekisai-Dai-Ni, Chinte, Chinto / Gankaku, Niseishi / Nijushio, etc.
It is important to remember that this is just one of many drills, and the methods within need drilled individually, in alternate sequences, and in differing contexts. It is also important to drill the methods live and give them free-rein in live practise.

It is when these methods are integrated into such a wider training matrix that they will become applicable in live situations and the value of kata will become fully realised.
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14 - Bunkai Bash 5!
In 2017 the Bunkai Bash will be having its 5th year. It should be another great event and Instructors are being approached now. Event held in Wiltshire, UK.

The event will be from the evening of Friday July 21st to Sunday lunchtime on the 23rd.

Day tickets are available!

Prices will be the same as last year at £75 for the full weekend including BBQ and T-shirt. The cut price deal has been extended so if you pay for the full camp before January 20th you can get all of the fun, fights and food for the bargain price of £65! - yes a a reduction of over 13%

Also if any groups want to come, if you pay for four places, you get a fifth one free!

Contact Andi at to take up these amazing offers now!

15 - Krav Maga: Tactical Survival Book

“Krav Maga: Tactical Survival”, (as well as the previous book, “Krav Maga: Real World Solutions to Real World Violence”) offers a unique perspective on what real world violence looks like, and teaches the reader not only the physical skills to survive a violent encounter, but also how to predict, identify and prevent being involved in such an incident in the first place. Unlike most martial arts/self-defense books, the photos demonstrating the techniques, were shot in locations where such assaults happen e.g. bars/pubs, transit stops, etc. and were shot at full speed, rather than being "staged" as static shots. This approach gives the books an authenticity and relevance that is lacking in many others.

Gershon is currently a 5th degree black belt in Krav Maga, and his system (Krav Maga Yashir) draws on his training with a number of different Israeli organizations, his background in competitive Judo, work in the security industry, and a formal education in psychology.

Google Talk, 2015:

Martial Thoughts Podcast, 2014:

Whistlekick Martial Arts Radio, 2016:

Gershon’s Weekly Blog:

NPR Interview, 2013:

Amazon Links for PRE-ORDER:

16 - Karate and Self Defence by John Titchen

Karate and Self Defence - selected articles by John Titchen, with a foreword by Peter Consterdine and an introduction from Jay Cooper
This exciting and thought provoking new book is available worldwide on amazon (,, amazon
.ca, etc) and can be ordered for you by local bookstores and libraries  too. Kindle edition coming soon!

This book brings together over twenty carefully selected articles on the subjects of karate training and self defence written over a period of twelve years. Based on the study of the reactions of students to common forms of aggression and violence in high pressure scenario simulations, personal experience and the shared experiences of friends and professional colleagues, and years of research into violent crime, it examines subjects as diverse as knife defence training, the role of tradition in karate, building safe scenario training, personal kata training and ways to focus training towards self defence.
This is not a book written specifically for 'instructors', nor for 'students', rather it is designed to make the reader think about what they are training, how they are training it, and what they want to achieve from their training. The aim of the articles is to provide information suitable for everyone, regardless of style or grade.
"To say this book is a collection of articles written by John over a number of years is to do it an injustice. There are supposed, empirical works on Karate and self defence that are simply not in the same league as this work and most certainly not as thought provoking.
This is a book after my own heart and I thoroughly commend it to anyone who questions what their current karate training is geared towards, but also to those who don't need convincing about the efficacy of their karate in dealing with real life violence but need a plan to affect change. This book will answer both question and need."

Peter Consterdine

17 - Karl Thornton 2017 USA / UK Controlling Distance Seminars


We are looking to set dates and possible locations for seminars in the UK and US in late 2017.

Please let us know if your club or organisation is interested in a "Controlling Distance" seminar, so we can start to plan the locations as soon as possible.

Controlling Distance - UK & US TOUR 2017

Dates and locations not yet set. If you would like a "Controlling Distance" seminar at your club, organisation or location please let us know.

Duration of the seminar: 4 Hours

The Controlling Distance seminar looks at the process of dealing with anger, how through our own actions, or the intended outcome of the aggressor, anger can escalate to aggression and to violence.

Covering the psychological and physical applications of dealing with anger, aggression and violence. To better understand what is going on when we are faced with reality. What is normal and legal behaviour, and what is deemed illegal and unlawful behaviour. It focuses on how we control distance and control the process of anger and its escalation into aggressive and violent behaviours. How we can use assessment measures to try to de-escalate and negotiate. And where unavoidable how to deal with Active Threat Control.
Seminar Details:

Dates, times, locations and cost yet to be set.

The profits from these seminars help Karl continue his work in Anti-Human Trafficking.

Seminar based on the book "Controlling Distance".

To register your interest for a Controlling Distance seminar for your club or organisation contact us:

Karl Thornton - MDTA Principal Instructor - Certifications & Qualifications

Australian Principal Instructor MDTA, 1st Dan Black Belt, Gan Gan Tao, 3rd Degree Black Belt MDTA, 3rd Dan Black Belt Diploma (IBF), Level 8 MDTA Instructor, Level 3 CSO Instructor, MDTA - Registered Combatives & Tactical Operations Instructor, Registered Instructor within the World Combat Association, Certificate II in Security Operations, Certificate III in Security Operations, Certificate III in Investigative Services, Diploma of Security & Risk Management, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Qualified Baton & Handcuffs, Qualified Firearms, Qualified Private Investigator, Certificate IV in Government (Investigation), Qualified Crisis Negotiator, Qualified Undercover Operations, Qualified Human Trafficking Investigation, Diploma of Professional Counselling, Certified Police Trainer (CNP).


Licensed Bodyguard, Licensed Security Trainer, Licensed Private Investigator, Licensed Firearms.


Member of the IBF (International Budo Federation), Member of the WCA (World Combat Association), Principal Representative of the World Combat Association, Associate Member of the IBA (International Bodyguard Association).

Former Member of The British Bodyguard Association

Former Member of ASIS International

Karl Thornton's professional CV


Child Recovery Agent

Anti-Human Trafficking Operations

High Risk Environment Specialist

Karl was one of 538’s top EPS (Executive Protection Specialist) Operatives and specialises as a Primary Escort and Secure Transportation driver. Karl was assigned to protect some of Australia’s top CEO’s and Executives for some of Australia’s leading companies. As well as protection services for well known National and International individuals within the entertainment industry.

Karl is an active operative for MDTA Operations, (Formerly Silent Integrity Inc.)deployed to some of the worlds most high risk environments, conducting covert surveillance, intelligence gathering and rescue operations. As well as having worked with other anti trafficking organisations as part of a physical response team with the Royal Thai Police, Anti-Human Trafficking Division. Karl is one of the Head Instructors for the Police Tactical Operations Training for the Cambodian National Police (Anti-Human Trafficking, Juvenile Protection, and Criminal Investigation Departments).

Karl also currently instructs MDTA self defence systems to Law Enforcement, Security Professionals, Special Operations Personnel, Corporate Enterprises, Community Service Providers, and to the General Public.

Karl, is a Registered Instructor within the World Combat Association.

The WCA was founded by Peter Consterdine and Geoff Thompson of the UK’s British Combat Association (BCA); an organisation that changed the face of martial arts, not only domestically but in a wider international context.

Launched in 2008 by Peter Consterdine, with Geoff Thompson as Co-Chief Instructor, the WCA is the organisation for our international groups and their Instructors. The WCA was, very much, a product of demand. For many years, overseas interest in the British Combat Association could not really be satisfied by a domestic U.K. organisation, hence the formation of the World Combat Association where all the benefits of membership open to our BCA people are now available globally. Karl was appointed the First Australian Principal Representative for the WCA. Karl is the first Individual outside the UK that has been appointed such a position.

Karl is also the International Author of the Best Selling book. "Violence Evolving"

18 - Heian/Pinan Focus Mitt Drills by Lee Taylor

DVD by Lee Taylor – ‘Heian/Pinan Focus Mitt Drills’

‘The drills outlined on this DVD are designed to enhance your skill and understanding of the Heian Kata series, bridging the gap between solo practise of the forms to your bunkai drills and ultimately leading to kata based sparring allowing you to develop impact of the kata techniques in a safe way.

You can train these drills immediately as they were designed not to be long and complicated, they are also a stand-alone system of drills as knowledge of the Heian Kata is not essential.

The primary objective of these drills is to reinforce the underlying principle of angles that appear in the kata ensuring the practitioner learns to move to the angle shown in relation to the pad holder.’
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Cost £12.50 (contact Lee for shipping costs for your part of the world)

Running Time: 17 mins

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“Modern training equipment allows us to train in ways the past masters could not. In particular, focus mitts allow us to hit at angles and with a level of realism that traditional striking tools such as the Makiwara can’t match. In this DVD, Lee Taylor shows a number of focus mitt drills that allow us to practise close-range realistic bunkai complete with impact. These cleverly designed drills correspond to each of the five Pinan / Heian kata and will develop tactical positioning (use of the angles in kata), limb-control (use of hiki-te, muchimi, etc) and impact.

"Combined with solo-kata, bunkai training and live practise, these pad drills “complete the circle” and show just how pragmatic the Pinan / Heian series can be. I’ve been asking Lee to make this DVD for a while because I know just how popular these innovative drills will be with students and instructors alike. The drills are explained in a very straightforward and easy to understand manner. They are great “plug and play” drills that are easy to adopt and will add value to your practise and teaching. Highly recommended!” – Iain Abernethy 6th Dan