Hey all! I'm a karate instructor in Hayashi Ha Shito Ryu and have been studying this particular style since 2000. One fairly unique aspect of Hayashi Ha Shito Ryu is the manner in which we perform the jodan uke, otherwise known as age uke (upper block). In Hayashi Ha Shito Ryu, the "blocking" arm is chambered and delivered from the inside of the opposite bent-arm (bottom of fist against biceps), as oppose to many karate styles, which chamber/deliver the arm from the outside of the bent-arm.
I'm interested mostly to find out if there are any other like minded karate practioners who are also dedicated to a single kata.
I've been practicing what is basically the Seibukan/ Seidokan version of Seisan for two years, and I've yet to find someone who also practices only a single kata. I've heard of people having a main kata while practicing their style's other kata, but I've yet to find a single kata practioner.
Why does Western Bunkai and Japanese(including Okinawan) differs so much ? Western bunkai seems very practical while the Japanese and Okinawan looks very stiff and rigid. For example,Morio Higaonna's bunkai for Shisochin is very different from Ian's bunkai; Ian's bunkai seems to be more fluid while Morio Higaonna's seems more stiff. Higaonna's attacker attacks as if he is in a kata, while Ian's attacker attacks more realistically. I'm not trying to disrespect Morio Higaonna sensei or anything,but I just wonder how come he isn't showing how these moves would look in a realistic fashion.
I recently posed a video on "Nodo osae"; which is a throw shown by Gichin Funakoshi in his 1925 book, Rentan Goshin Karate Jutsu. The photograph in the book has led many to surmise it is catching a kick; however, the text that goes with the photo does not support that:
Hi Im new to these forums and amazed of how supportive this community is and everything it has accomplished so far. So here is my question that has been bugging me for a while. If we had to make a list all of punches, throws, joint locks,kicks, and other techniques found in kata bunkai how much different would karate look from mainstream traditonal karate styles?