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.
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.