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Hi All,

Just a quick note to let you know about a video I’ve just uploaded to YouTube. It is not public yet, but as fellow BCKA members I feel I should let you know about such things first! I hope you enjoy it!

All the best,



In this video we look at three drills for a combination consisting of a limb-clear, two-elbows and a knee. All three drills are needed in order to adequately cover the technique.

While training can be realistic; only real is real. We are always making compromises in the name of safety and it is important to acknowledge those compromises and mitigate against them. The only way to avoid sending people to the hospital every time we train is to introduce safety measures. If you think about it, we martial artists spend countless hours practising techniques which will harm people, and yet we seek to do so in a way that ensures no one gets harmed. This potential paradox needs to be addressed through a training matrix that ensures the “deliberate safety flaws” of one way of training are corrected by another form of training.

With that in mind, we worked this combination in three ways: with a partner, on the pads, and in the air (kihon). Each method has inherent strengths and weaknesses.

Partner Drill

Pros: Real human body, realistic placement of strikes, the right flow (albeit slowed down).

Cons: Speed and power compromised to ensure safety.

Pad Drill

Pros: High impact, individual techniques can be delivered with speed.

Cons: Pads are not people, flow of techniques interrupted as partner repositions pads.


Pros: Correct speed, flow and body mechanics.

Cons: No impact and no human being to apply methods to.

While all three drills are “faulty” in themselves, the overall matrix ensures we have practised all the required elements: Placement (partner drill), impact (pads), flow (kihon), etc.

As pragmatic martial artists we need to be ever mindful of the strengths and weaknesses of each form of training. Only real is real; and safety is a requirement of any effective training program (you are not able to keep yourself safe if the training has already done the physical harm you sought to avoid in the first place, or leaves you physically unable to protect yourself). The key is to ensure that the overall training matrix develops all aspects of a functioning technique; with each of the drills counteracting the necessary flaws of the other drills.



Karate Throws Volume 1: Lifting Throws


Karate Throws Volume 1 is now available on Download, DVD, and with App Subscription!

“In karate, hitting, thrusting, and kicking are not the only methods, throwing techniques and joint-locks are included” – Gichin Funakoshi

This video series looks at the “forgotten” throws that were once commonly practised within karate. The throws of karate can be found throughout the traditional kata and are well documented in the writings of the past masters. This video series will help practical karateka reintroduce this now neglected practise back into karate so it can once again be the holistic art it was originally created to be.

In addition to showing how to perform the throws, this video also shows where the throws can be found in the traditional kata and the writings of the past masters (complete with photos where possible). Additionally, this video also examines the underlying throwing principles encapsulated by the kata examples and shows additional ways in which they can be applied.

This volume looks specifically at the lifting throws which involve lifting the enemy’s feet off the floor. Volumes 2 and 3 (coming soon) will look at throws that trap the leg, and throws which disrupt posture.

Volume 1 now available on:

DVD (part of buy 2 get a 3rd DVD FREE offer!):
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Iain Abernethy 2017 Seminars!

Below you can find details of the open seminars that are taking place in the next few months. I look forward to seeing you at an event near you and if you have any questions about them, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Seminar in Watford
Date: 21st of October 2017

Seminar in Swindon
Date: 22nd of October 2017

Seminar in Swansea
Date: 29th of October 2017

Seminar in Nuremberg
Date: 4th and 5th of November 2017

Seminar in Blairgowrie, Scotland
Date: 12th of November 2017

Iain Abernethy and John Johnston in Derby!
Date: 18th of November 2017

Seminar in Chesterfield
Date: 19th of November 2017

Seminar in Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Date: 25th of November 2017

Seminar in Keighley, West Yorkshire
Date: 26th of November 2017

Seminar in San Diego, California, USA
Date: 1st to 3rd of December 2017

Seminar in Maldon, Essex
Date: 10th December 2017

Please visit this webpage for details of seminars next year: 

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All the best,

Iain Abernethy



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