The name Kushanku refers to the name of the Chinese diplomat from Fukien who is believed to have traveled to Okinawa and taught his system of fighting there.

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Again, we have no way of knowing for certain, but the idea is certainly worthy of consideration. The interview tells us that Kushanku was not a physically strong man and yet he defeated much stronger opponents with ease.

Kushanku Wado Ryu (kata) video

It should always be remembered that kata is a record of information and as such it can be compared to a collection of recipes. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Tode Sakugawa was the first martial arts teacher of lata legendary Soken Matsumura; who was the chief bodyguard to three Okinawan kings.

Tode Sakugawa studied under Kushanku for a number of years and he eventually formulated Kushanku kata as a means to record the combative methods Kushanku had taught him. Indeed, in many cases it is blindingly obvious how the motion of the kata is to be kushanki.

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At this point your legs should be bent, and your spine should be straight Figure 5. The application of this sequence is as follows. History tells us that the kata is a record of the highly effective techniques that were designed by Kushanku and then subsequently recorded by Tode Sakugawa.

Throughout the martial arts, it is common to teach the simplest techniques first, and teach the techniques that require a better understanding of the basics later on. This flinch is presented in a very formal way in kata; as can be seen in the photograph of Gichin Kushznku performing the opening motion of Kushanku kata Above. However, if you have any questions about a particular Karate kata movement, please check with your instructor kishanku kata instructions can vary by school and organization.


Essentially the non-striking arm has two jobs in kata. Lack of variety in shotokan kata Sip Su Application? Pivot on the balls of both feet to your left degrees.

Japanese martial arts Okinawan martial arts Chinese martial arts. Straighten your legs to lift the opponent into the air.

You are here Home. The live application of the kata in the chaos of combat will be far from formal and precise! Use the right leg to stand as you draw your left foot back to a hachiji dachi, and throw a left gedan uke ,ata your left toward the back line and pull your right hand into hikite. Views Read Edit View history.

The kata starts by working with our instinctive reactions and steadily progresses through more technically demanding methodologies. One possible bunkai for this technique allows the practitioner to escape a bear-hug from behind kushaku twisting and dropping out of their grasp.

Sadly, that is a very common misunderstanding about the purpose and nature of kata.

As well as being a popular form with kata competitors, it also has a great deal to offer the practically minded karateka. The last three moves of the form see the practitioner step around with their left leg Figure 1assume a low stance kuzhanku the arms are pulled in Figure 2and then straighten the legs as the arms are brought upwards Figure 3.

Create new account Request new password. And even where our interpretation may vary from the original then at least, if we approach the kata in the right way, we are ensuring we stay true to the original intent which was practical fighting methods for use in a civilian environment. It is a very important kata and as such it deserves to be studied deeply. For full details visit https: We are also told that his methods involved placing one hand on the opponent whilst striking with the other hand.


It seems to me that the opening movements of Kushanku kata deals with the opening stages of the actual fight. The final technique kushanki the form records a rather advanced throwing technique that requires good timing and a good degree kta physical strength. Certainly my own interpretation has the more physically and technically demanding techniques in actual application, not solo performance towards the end of the kata, and the simplest and most immediate kusbanku towards the start.

Kushanu to masuba dachi, then rei. It is a physically demanding and visually impressive form when performed correctly and it is one of the most popular kata in modern competition.

The solo kata should never be considered as an alternative to, or substitute for, that live practise. We have the kata itself of course, but we have no definitive answer when we ask what the original applications of the form were. Matsumura was in turn one of the teachers of Anko Itosu.

Certainly my own breakdown of the form includes many throws, takedowns and locks. This page was last edited on 25 Septemberat The second use of the non-striking limb is to clear obstructions i. It is characterized by the use of flowing techniques that resemble those found in White Crane Kung Fu ; it also has a wide variety of open-handed techniques.

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Allow the left foot to pivot to 45 degrees off of the front line, and remain flat with the leg relaxed straight. My own study of Kushanku has revealed strikes, traps, throws, takedowns, joint-locks, chokes, strangles, etc. Indeed the active study of the kata as opposed to just practising kat is something that all karateka should engage in.