I first saw Iain Abernethy on a DVD about hand strikes. It was apparent that he was way, way ahead of anybody that I, at least, had seen in karate before. Prior to seeing his version of what Karate can be, I had considered most Karate taught to be antiquated and(with no slight intended) useless for the purpose that most people take up martial arts for ie: Self defence/combat first and fitness/hobby interest second. Mr Abernethy changed my mind. This man is to Karate kata what the Rosetta stone is to language; he dusts it off, puts it back together and shows you what it was all really for before it became an interesting, if rather obscure novelty in sports halls and community centres. I am now under no misapprehensions that karate, taught properly and with the correct insights is, infact, a complete 'mixed martial arts' curriculum. This book is part of the syllubus.
Three cheers to Iain Abernethy, he's a national martial arts treasure and should be knighted. (Just for the record, I am not a practioner of Karate/Bunkai Jutsu and have never even met, never mind trained under Iain Abernethy).