Sensei Iain Abernethy Karate Seminars May 1-3, 2015

Enso is excited to welcome Sensei Iain Abernethy, who will join us all the way from the United Kingdom for a full weekend of karate training focusing on practical, kata-based applications from May 1 to 3, 2015. This will be his 3rd visit to Enso, and as in years past, we expect participants from all over the United States, as well as the local Chicago area to attend. All are welcome!


May 1-3, 2015



Enso 412 S. Wells Street, 7th Floor Chicago, IL 60605



Friday, May 1, 2015. 6 – 8 pm

  • Foundational Bunkai

Saturday, May 2, 2015. 9 am – 5 pm & Sunday, May 3, 2013. 9 am – 1 pm

  • Historical Development/Background of Kata
  • The 4 stage Approach to Kata
  • How to Analyze the Movements of Kata
  • The Nature of Live Conflict
  • How to Create Effective Bunkai Drills
  • Karate Grappling (throws, locks, chokes, strangles, groundwork)
  • Kata Applications (Heian/Pinan series, Tekki/Naihanchi, Kushanku/Kanku-Dai, Passai/Bassai-Dai,Gankaku/Chinto, others as time allows)
  • Kata-Based-Sparring (live bunkai drills)


Fees & Registration

Pay online through our online store or mail a check payable to “Enso” to 412 S. Wells Street, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60607.




Open to adults 7th kyu and above, and teens 3rd kyu and above.




Any questions about this seminar can be directed to


Host Dojo

Founded in 2002, Enso has grown into a leading shotokan karate dojo in the Midwest, offering a full program of classes, competition, and private instruction for adults and youth. Located in the vibrant heart of downtown Chicago, the Enso dojo offers a spacious training facility and convenient transportation options.


abernethyAbout Iain Abernethy

Iain Abernethy has been involved in the martial arts since childhood. Abernethy holds the rank of 6th Dan with the British Combat Association (one of the world’s leading groups for close-quarter combat, self- protection and practical martial arts) and 5th Dan with the British Karate Association. Abernethy is in great demand on the seminar circuit and he teaches many seminars on his approach to practical karate both in the UK and overseas. The bunkai that Abernethy teaches are not prearranged karateka vs. karateka applications; nor are they static, complex, elaborate or reliant upon finite movement. Abernethy’s approach to karate makes kata application practical, simple, direct and accessible to all. Abernethy regularly writes for the UK’s leading martial arts magazines and he is a member of the Combat Hall of Fame. Abernethy’s books and DVDs have sold worldwide and his highly pragmatic approach to kata applications (bunkai) has proved to be very popular with those who wish to practice karate as an effective self-protection system.

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