Breaking Through: The Secrets of Bassai Dai Kata by Master Colin Wee and the continuing work by Joong Do Kwan black belts is a dedication to martial arts enthusiasts striving for personal growth, professional development, and for filling in the gaps within traditional training. We navigate the intersection of timeless martial wisdom, and modern sportive insights. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or just embarking on your journey, our mission is clear: guard knowledge but seek insight, and share with an open heart.

Breaking Through

Dive into the heart of a living, breathing, traditional martial art with Colin Wee’s award-winning book Breaking Through: The Secrets of Bassai Dai Kata. Master Colin Wee’s exploration of the Bassai Dai kata transcends the boundaries of traditional forms, illuminating a dynamic realm of practical applications and timeless wisdom.

What sets this book apart is its fusion of hard-style strikes and soft-style techniques, creating a comprehensive toolkit of twelve combative applications that unlock the mysteries within this martial system. Through over 200 vibrant photographs, the essence of effective defense comes to life, encompassing strategic traps, seamless takedowns, and nuanced principles often overlooked in modern martial arts training.

As a martial art practitioner for over four decades, Colin plumbs the depths of this traditional combative system, returning to it for inspiration time and again to deconstruct it and extract its most valuable lessons. When instructors and students link the applications from Breaking Through to how Colin and his students got there – the logic of why the applications work, and how they address a dynamic situation – you will be able to fill in the gaps left by traditional training.

By delving into this guide, readers discover how picture-perfect techniques evolve into combat-ready defense strategies, and how to apply this knowledge to any other form in any other system. This book equips you with the tools to explore body mechanics, acquire new combat strategies, and then drill them to expand your set of skills.

Best Indie Book Award Non-fiction Martial Arts (BIBA 2023)

Breaking Through clinched Winner of 2023 Best Indie Book Awards in Non-fiction Martial Arts, and Sports Finalist in the 2023 International Book Awards. The book is not another how-to book nor a staid technical resource — it’s been celebrated as a gateway to enhancing skills, reimagining your pattern training, and embracing the timeless wisdom of martial arts pioneers.

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Colin Wee, the mastermind behind ‘Breaking Through: The Secrets of Bassai Dai Kata,’ is a martial arts enthusiast whose journey from South East Asia to the United States of America, and then to Australia, has woven an exceptional tapestry of expertise and innovation.

With an illustrious career spanning over four decades, Colin’s name resonates as Principal of Joong Do Kwan, a sanctuary of martial arts excellence based in Perth, Western Australia. His journey began as a prodigious practitioner in South East Asia, and today, he stands tall as a 7th dan in Traditional Taekwondo, a rank bestowed upon the most committed of practitioners.

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Colin’s artistry lies in his ability to harmonize Taekwondo and Karate, crafting a dynamic fusion that’s nothing short of groundbreaking. This synergy is the impetus of ‘Breaking Through,’ a transformative exploration of martial arts and his school’s unique training methodology through the popular Bassai Dai kata.

A recipient of the Instructor of the Year Award from the American Karate and Taekwondo Organization 2016 Colin’s reputation is a reflection of his commitment to the holistic growth of his students, and to his sharing of his insights with one-and-all.

Colin’s impact reverberates beyond the dojo. His invitation to and induction in the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2020 isn’t just a nod to prowess; it’s a testament to his influence on the martial arts landscape.

Beyond the accolades, Colin is a storyteller. His words bridge cultures and traditions, drawing you into the world of Bassai Dai with a rare blend of wisdom and accessibility. As an author, instructor, and mentor, he doesn’t just teach techniques; he imparts life lessons, fostering discipline, resilience, and unwavering spirit in martial artists and non-practitioners alike.

‘Breaking Through’ isn’t a how-to book; it’s a transformative experience. As you delve into the secrets of this unique training methodology, remember you’re journeying with a master who has dedicated his life to breaking through barriers and inspiring self-directed progress.”

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