Master Colin Wee and JDK’s dedicated black belts reveal the untold secrets of traditional techniques in ‘Breaking Through: The Secrets of Bassai Dai Kata.’ This isn’t just a book—it’s a pathway for martial artists seeking unparalleled growth. Whether you’re a veteran or novice, our mission is: protect traditional systems, uncover tactical insights, and share our knowledge with fearless passion!

Breaking Through

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

What sets this book apart is the fusion of both hard-style tactics, and soft-style efficiency. Along the way, is the illumination of an epic journey undertaken to acquire this synergy.

A comprehensive look at twelve combative applications with over 200 vibrant photographs explores this training methodology. And step-by-step traditional methods come to life, encompassing traps, striking angles, seamless takedowns, and nuanced combative principles often overlooked in modern martial arts training.

When instructors and students link the applications from Breaking Through to how Colin and his Black Belts 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 modern hard style training.

You will find that while this book centres on Bassai Dai, it has nothing to do with Karate.

With it as a guide, picture-perfect techniques evolve into combat-ready defense strategies, and you discover how to apply this knowledge to any other form in any other system. Equip yourself and your students with the insight to explore body mechanics, new learning strategies, and drills to expand your knowledge of your martial art.

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.

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I’m Colin Wee, a martial arts instructor with over four decades of experience. My journey began in Singapore in the early 80s, led me to the Southwest USA, and then to Australia.

2023 Best Indie Book Awards Non Fiction Martial Arts
Author Colin Wee wins 2023 Best Indie Book Awards Non Fiction Martial Arts for Breaking Through: The Secrets of Bassai Dai Kata

In 2000, I founded Joong Do Kwan in Perth. Over the years, I’ve focused on the human element in every practitioner, developing their abilities, and pushing growth areas. I believe in teaching rank-appropriate tactics and empowering self-guided learning.

Outside the dojo, I’m an avid cook, blending French, Italian, and Spanish cuisine with Asian influences. Writing is another passion, and I’ve contributed to magazines like Totally Taekwondo and Taekwondo Times.

Looking forward, my goal is to continue developing JDK and teaching, perhaps even writing another book on the further development of the martial artist.

Martial arts have given me many opportunities in life. The mental visualization techniques help manage stress in various situations, the training provides emotional balance, and the exercise keeps fitness at an all time high. It would be a pleasure to connect through social media and platforms like Goodreads if you’d like to talk about what you have gained from your practice.

I want to be remembered as someone who shared knowledge without reservation, thought deeply about the legacy I’ve been gifted, and made martial arts accessible. When I launched my book, the gratitude from high-level black belts affirmed my efforts, showing me the value of reaching out to like-minded people in the martial arts community.

I look forward to connecting and sharing more of this incredible journey with you.

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