Hi everyone! I need your help regarding the kata Ananko (Ananku, Annanko) and whether anyone knows personally or indirectly the history of the kata, or would be able to point me in the right direction, as I am trying to gather information for my own publication of the kata. My own research of this kata has thrown up some interesting points regarding it’s history leading to a chapter written by Zenpo Shimabukuro in his book ‘Shorin Ryu Seibukan - Kyan’s Karate’ on the history of Ananko. Zenpo being a direct student of Chotoku Kyan the creator of the kata. In the chapter he basically states that most of the reasons that are attached to how the kata was created are not true, and these reasons are still being quoted today!
But what I am struggling with is how the kata came into the Shito-Ryu style, as there seems to be almost half of another kata ‘bolted on’ to the end of the Shorin-Ryu’s version. With the exception of minor stance and angle differences the versions are very similar until the Shorin-ryu version ends and the Shito-Ryu version carries on. It also seems that some direct students of Kenwa Mabuni do not have this kata in their syllabus, but it tends to appear in the Chojiro Tani’s lineage, the Shukokai branch of Shito-Ryu. Here-in lies my problem of trying to establish how it came across into Shito-Ryu, and who added the remaining moves, as there is very little written about Chojiro Tani and Shukokai, and this is the group from which I came.!! If you may be able to help then I would be very grateful, and I hope that the post is not confusing!!
Below are the videos of the kata
Shito-Ryu / Shukokai version