Seminar Description

This seminar will cover the history, applications and drills of the Pinan / Heian / Pyung Ahn series of forms and will show how they were intended to be a holistic self-protection system. The seminar will cover the nature of the forms and the methods they contain, including: strikes, locks, escapes, throws, takedowns, dislocations, chokes, strangles, and trapping.

In addition to the methods themselves, participants will also be shown numerous two-person drills to develop deeper understanding and skill in application. This will include safe and productive live drills that will really bring the kata to life!

This seminar is intended for practitioners with a familiarity of the five Pinan / Heian / Pyung Ahn kata and sufficient experience and control to practice drills with a partner (approximately 5th kyu/gup and above). However, black belts from styles that do not practice the Pinan kata are also welcome.

About Iain Abernethy

Iain Abernethy is one of the UK’s leading exponents of applied karate and kata application (bunkai). His martial arts DVDs and books have sold worldwide and have been translated into other languages. Iain holds a 6th Dan with both the British Combat Association (one of the world’s leading groups for close-quarter combat, self-protection and practical martial arts) and 6th dan with the British Karate Association.

Iain’s approach to karate makes kata application practical, simple, direct and accessible to all.

Registration Info

Super Early Bird pricing is available for a limited time only, ending on August 5, 2016. Please purchase your ticket as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Fighting Chance Seattle.

Ticket price* includes the following:

  • All 3 Days of Training
  • Commemorative T-Shirt
  • Group Social Event with Iain Sat Night

Due to Washington State law, price includes 9.6% sales tax.

Location & Itinerary

All training sessions will be held at the Mitchell Activity Center, Seattle Central College. More details on venue parking, travel, and accommodations are below.

Iain’s seminar will be broken up into four training sessions over three days, for a total of twelve hours of instruction. We’ll also have time for you to connect with your fellow karateka during our Ice-Breaker session and at dinner Saturday night.

Day 1: Friday, November 4th

  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm Meet & Greet Ice-Breaker
  • 5:30 – 8:30 pm Training Session 1

Day 2: Saturday, November 5th

  • 9:30 – 12:30 pm Training Session 2
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
  • 1:30 – 4:30 pm Training Session 3
  • 7:00 – 10:00 pm Social Event, Push/Pull Art Studio

Day 3: Sunday, November 6th

  • 9:30 – 12:30 pm Training Session 4
Cage fighting

Fighting Chance Seattle owner, Jordan Giarratano, training with Iain in Watertown, Connecticut, 2015.

“I was fortunate to train with Iain last summer in Connecticut, and earlier this year in Texas. Iain’s work in connecting kata to it’s practical roots has reignited my passion for karate. His seminars are fun, informative, and a great way to meet other martial artists.

“As a practitioner I was excited to see the kata from a new (old) perspective. As a dojo owner, I was excited to bring fun, new drills back to my students. I’m very proud to be hosting Iain Abernethy in Seattle, WA.”

Jordan Giarratano, Owner & Instructor, Fighting Chance Seattle

Venue & Parking

The Mitchell Activity Center at Seattle Central Community College is a large dance studio with hardwood floors and a full wall of windows. There are large bathrooms on site for you to change, however there are no showers or lockers, you may leave your belongings in the training area.

Parking is notoriously bad in this neighborhood we recommend using public transit, carpooling, staying nearby, or using a car service like Uber, Lyft, or Car2Go.

Seattle Tourist Tips

This seminar takes place in Seattle’s vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, just a short walk from downtown.

Pike Place Market My favorite spot in all of Seattle, a nine-acre historic district and farmer’s market with over two-hundred shops and restaurants, as well as a great place to watch some fish get thrown around.

Bruce & Brandon Lee’s Graves Over 10,000 visitors travel to this unassuming cemetery each year to pay their respects to the martial arts legend. Located just a few miles from the venue, and very worth it.

From the Airport

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is about thirty-minutes from Seattle. You can hop on the light rail and get to downtown pretty easily —more info on travel to and from the airport here.


In addition to the listed hotels, you may want to check out AirBnB and The Green Tortoise Hostel

Silver Cloud Hotel (Broadway) Starting at $179 / night. Walking distance to the venue.

The Paramount Hotel Starting at $148 / night (for advanced purchase). Located in Downtown Seattle, just a short walk to the recently completed Light Rail creating a direct route from Downtown Seattle to one block from event location.

University Motel Suites Starting at $75 / night. Short drive or public transit, located in Seattle’s University District.