oscar silvera karate bunkai

In our Karate seminar,  we will practice the original defensive applications that are covered by our style of Shotokan Karate. These bring elements of ground fighting, joint locking, and throwing as well as the punching and kicking methods. This program also includes advanced specialty classes focusing on reality-based weapon defenses (stick, gun, and knife), and mixed martial arts.

About our Bunkai Seminars:

  • Are open to any school or martial artist regardless of style, system, or affiliation.
  • You would have the opportunity to train and learn effective street self-defense drills of the many different levels of Traditional Karate techniques, covering from simple restraint to brutal applications. 
  • We aim to promote Shotokan Karate as the holistic combative system it pretended to be! 

  • The classes are done in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. 
  • When is the next seminar? Check for our next event at: https://silveradokarate.com/events/kata-seminar/seminar/bunkai
  • Have a Question? Call Us or Text Us at (734) 365-6925


oscar bunkaiWhat is Bunkai?

Bunkai, literally meaning "analysis" or "disassembly", is a term used in the Japanese Martial Arts referring to process of analyzing kata and extracting fighting techniques from the movements of a "form" (kata). 

What is a Kata?

Kata are small, structured practice routines or protocols. Through physical practice, their pattern becomes second nature, done with little conscious attention. Kata are typically for learning. Kata is considered to be the soul of Karate.

 Why Bunkai?

Unfortunately; it is widely interpreted that the basic techniques in a kata as only simple blocks or simple strikes.

Did you know?

Many techniques in a Kata contain all the hallmark of signature basic to brutal techniques, including atemi-waza (striking), nage-waza (throwing or takedowns), kansetsu-waza (joint-locks & manipulation), shime-waza (choking), ne-waza (ground fighting & submission) and usage of human pressure points.

Sensei Silvera's Practical Karate seminar imparts the original defensive applications inherent in his style of Shotokan Karate. And, incorporates elements of ground fighting, joint locking, throwing, as well as traditional punching and kicking techniques. The class extends to advanced specialty sessions, delving into reality-based weapon defenses for stick, gun, and knife scenarios, along with insights into mixed martial arts.

Sensei Silvera embarked on his martial arts journey in 1984, exploring a diverse range of disciplines such as Iaido, Aikido, Taekwondo, Judo, Kudo, Kobudo, Krav Maga, Tai Chi, Kickboxing, Kung Fu, and more. This extensive training background has shaped him into a well-rounded martial artist, offering a distinctive and holistic perspective on the world of martial arts. His notable ranks include 5th Dan in Shotokan Karate and Black Belt Dans in Aikido, Iaido, and Tae Kwon Do, underscoring his unwavering commitment to continuous growth and excellence across various martial arts disciplines.


A Bunkai seminar offers numerous benefits for karate practitioners, both beginners and advanced. Here are some key advantages:

  1. Deeper Understanding of Kata:

    • Bunkai (application) helps practitioners understand the practical purpose behind each movement in a kata, turning abstract forms into practical techniques.
  2. Improved Self-Defense Skills:

    • By breaking down kata, participants learn how to apply techniques in real-life self-defense scenarios, enhancing their ability to protect themselves.
  3. Enhanced Technical Skills:

    • Practitioners can refine their techniques by understanding the application, leading to improved form and precision in kata performance.
  4. Increased Confidence:

    • Knowing the practical applications of techniques boosts confidence in one’s ability to use karate effectively in various situations.
  5. Better Muscle Memory:

    • Repeatedly practicing the application of movements helps build muscle memory, making techniques more instinctive and effective.
  6. Enhanced Sparring Skills:

    • Understanding bunkai can improve sparring skills by providing insights into offensive and defensive tactics derived from kata.
  7. Broader Martial Arts Knowledge:

    • A Bunkai seminar often covers historical and philosophical aspects of kata, enriching participants’ overall martial arts knowledge.
  8. Problem-Solving Abilities:

    • Analyzing and interpreting kata movements develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as practitioners learn to adapt techniques to various scenarios.
  9. Community and Networking:

    • Seminars provide an opportunity to meet and train with other martial artists, fostering a sense of community and offering networking opportunities.
  10. Personal Growth:

    • The discipline, focus, and perseverance required to study bunkai contribute to personal growth and character development.
  11. Instructor Development:

    • For instructors, a Bunkai seminar can provide new teaching methods and insights, enhancing their ability to teach kata applications effectively.

Attending a Bunkai seminar can significantly enhance a karate practitioner’s understanding, skill set, and overall appreciation of the martial art.


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