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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Takahara then encouraged Sakugawa to seek out instruction from Kushanku. 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.

Kushanku / Kanku / Kosokun | Iain Abernethy

It is a physically demanding and visually impressive form when performed correctly and it is one of the most popular kata in modern competition. Kusganku the non-striking arm has two jobs in kata.

Indeed the active study of the kata as opposed to just practising them is something that all karateka should engage in. This document details a ship running ashore in Oshima bay and includes interviews kushankj the crew of that ship. Throughout the martial arts, kuxhanku is common to teach the simplest techniques first, and teach the techniques that require a better understanding of the basics later on.

As you turn, throw a left soto uke to your left side, and a right gedan to your right side. Kata tells us what methodologies we should drill and take into our live training.

The applications of the form are therefore open to interpretation. My own study of Kushanku has revealed strikes, traps, throws, takedowns, joint-locks, chokes, strangles, etc.


The use of one hand to control and locate the head whilst the other limb strikes it is most definitely a key methodology of old style karate. The kushnku is a record of the combative techniques and concepts formulated by a Chinese martial artist who went by the name of Kushanku. The solo kata should never be considered as an alternative to, or substitute for, that live practise. The kata starts by working with our instinctive reactions and steadily progresses iata more technically demanding methodologies.

Skip to main content. The kata is always formal and precise. 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. On 13 Apr, By manager. However, in combat the flinch will of course be instinctive and rough around the edges. 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. As well as being a popular form with lushanku competitors, it also has a great deal to offer the practically minded karateka. Sadly, that is a very common misunderstanding about the purpose and nature of kata.

The final technique of the form records a rather advanced throwing technique that requires good timing and a good degree of physical strength. The other movements toward the start of the form are also quite easy to apply.


Kūsankū (kata)

It seems to me that the opening movements of Kushanku kata deals with the opening stages of the actual fight. Martial Arts of the Iata 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. 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.

Close to masuba dachi, then rei.

Kushanku Kanku-Dai is frequently said to be one of the most important forms practised within the various karate styles. There are no detailed written records of the techniques that Kushanku originally taught Sakugawa.

Let ukshanku 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.

Kushanku is one of the longest forms and kusnanku contains a wide variety of techniques.