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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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Throw a left gedan uke.

Wado-Ryu Kata – Kushanku

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. It is a physically demanding and visually impressive form when performed correctly and it is one of the most popular kata in kusnanku competition. For additional Wado-Ryu Karate katas i. There are currently 2 users online. At this point your legs should be bent, and your spine should be straight Figure 5.

Let your left hand open thumb cocked as you throw a left low block to your left and a right open hand agi uke to your front, as you turn your head to your left 45 degrees. Peichin Takahara is said to have seen Kushanku demonstrate his fighting prowess and was greatly impressed by him.

Certainly my own breakdown of the form includes many throws, takedowns and locks. Both methodologies can certainly be found within Kushanku kata.

However, we should never mistake the formal instructions for the actual fighting skills those instructions are supposed to develop. OkinawaRyukyu Kingdom. 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. 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.

For full details visit https: We are also ukshanku that his methods involved placing one hand on the opponent whilst striking with the other hand.

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. The interview tells us that Kushanku was not a physically strong man and yet he defeated much stronger opponents with ease.


Skip to main content. Retrieved from ” https: The hand techniques that accompany the stance block the head, while allowing for kushsnku strike to the groin, knee, or foot. 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 your right hand into hikite.

The application of this sequence is as follows. In Matsubayashi-ryu karate, the kata is known for its flying kick and its “cheating” stance, which robs the opponent of opportunities to attack by extending one leg along the ground and squatting as low as possible on the other ura-gamae. As motioned previously, there are numerous throws kusahnku in Kushanku kata i.

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Lata is one of the longest forms and it contains kataa wide variety of techniques. 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. Kushanku Kanku-Dai is frequently said to be one of the most important forms practised within the various karate styles.

One possible bunkai for this technique allows the practitioner to escape a bear-hug from behind by twisting and dropping out of their grasp.

Essentially the non-striking arm has two jobs in kata.

In one of these interviews the captain of the ship tells of an extremely impressive grappling demonstration he witnessed that was given by Kushanku. My own study of Kushamku has revealed strikes, traps, throws, takedowns, joint-locks, chokes, strangles, etc. Close to masuba dachi, then rei. The other movements toward the start of the form are also quite easy kkushanku apply.

Indeed the active study of the kata as opposed to just practising them is something that all karateka should engage in. Tode Sakugawa was the first martial arts teacher of the legendary Soken Matsumura; who was the chief bodyguard to three Okinawan kings. 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.


Straighten your legs to lift the opponent into the air. Indeed, in many cases it is blindingly obvious how the motion of the kata is to be applied. Views Read Edit View history. Everett refers to as a bump block agi uke — the arm will come up in front of your head rolling over, at the end, palm out across the top of your head with a slight upward angle toward the hand with your right hand. We have the kata itself of course, but we have no definitive answer when we ask what the original applications of the form were.

Again, we have no way of knowing for certain, but the idea is certainly worthy of consideration. We can therefore confidently say that the kata contains plenty of grappling. It is a very important kata and as such it deserves to be studied deeply.

The kata is always formal and precise. It seems to me that the opening movements of Kushanku kata deals with the opening stages of the actual fight. However, in combat the flinch will of kushankk be instinctive and rough around the edges. You can then dump the opponent onto the floor in whatever direction is appropriate Figure 6. This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit our website. The first kusuanku to locate and control the head during the chaos of close range combat so that the accuracy of strikes is improved.

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