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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The kata is always formal and precise. Both methodologies can certainly be found within Kushanku kata. Again, we have no way of knowing for certain, but the idea is certainly worthy of consideration. Sadly, that is a very common misunderstanding about the purpose and nature of kata. Matsumura was in turn one of the teachers of Anko Itosu. However, if you have any questions about a particular Karate kata movement, please check with your instructor because kata instructions can vary by school and organization.

Shift back to your right into a hachiji dachi as you turn your body to the right 90 degrees and throw a left punch to the front as you pull lata right hand into hikite. Essentially the non-striking arm has two jobs in kata.

We can therefore confidently say that the kata contains plenty of grappling. The first is to locate and control the head during the chaos of close range combat so that the accuracy of strikes is improved.

However, in combat the flinch will of course be instinctive and rough around the edges. Skip to main content. Kata tells us kusahnku methodologies we should drill and take into our live training. Peichin Takahara is said to have seen Kushanku demonstrate his fighting prowess and was greatly impressed by him.

Wado-Ryu Kata – Kushanku

Kushanku Kanku-Dai is frequently said to be one of the most important forms practised within the various karate styles. Kushanku is one of the longest forms and it contains a wide variety of techniques. It should always be remembered that kata is a record of information and as such it can be compared to a collection of recipes. We have the kata itself of kuxhanku, but we have no definitive answer when we ask what the original applications of the form were. Not for power generation Rolling with strikes.


Certainly my own interpretation has the more physically and technically demanding techniques in actual application, not solo performance towards the kusbanku of the kata, and the simplest and most immediate techniques towards the start. The second use of the non-striking limb is to clear obstructions i.

Wado-Ryu Kata – Kushanku – Black Belt Wiki

The last three moves of the form see the practitioner step around with their left leg Figure 1assume a low stance as the arms are pulled in Figure 2and then straighten the legs as the arms are brought upwards Figure 3.

In this article we will briefly look at the history of kxta kata and examine some of the key concept relating to its application. The kata starts by working with our instinctive reactions and steadily progresses through more technically demanding methodologies.

At this point your legs should be bent, and your spine should be straight Figure 5. Japanese martial arts Okinawan martial arts Chinese martial arts. You are here Home.

Kushanku kata contains many throws and takedowns. 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. Tode Sakugawa was the first martial arts teacher of the legendary Soken Matsumura; who was the chief bodyguard to three Okinawan kings. Allow the left foot to pivot to 45 degrees off of the front line, and remain flat with the leg relaxed straight.


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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. Takahara then encouraged Sakugawa to seek out instruction from Kushanku. Lack of ksuhanku in shotokan kata Sip Su Application?

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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The hand techniques that accompany the stance block the head, while allowing for a strike to the groin, knee, or foot. The applications of the form are therefore open to interpretation. There are no detailed written records of the techniques that Kushanku originally taught Sakugawa. You can then dump the opponent onto the floor in whatever direction is appropriate Figure 6. Itosu was also the creator of the five Pinan Heian kata, and it is obvious from their many similarities that Kushanku kata heavily influenced the development and the subject mater covered by the Pinan series.

However, we should never mistake the formal instructions ,ushanku the actual fighting skills those instructions are supposed to develop. My own study of Kushanku has revealed strikes, traps, throws, takedowns, joint-locks, chokes, strangles, etc.