This ended up better than I expected! Also found a friend with a variety of martial arts experiences to help out!
My, not in depth, research on Saifa ended up kinda short. It seams no one knows who created it and Wikipedia suggests it may have been created by Miyagi (since the other branches of Naha-te don't use it). Its name being another death metal album title that says very little to me in terms of intention or objectives.
Anyway, if I was looking for a follow up from Gekisai and trying to create a series in the likes of Pinan, than Saifa definitely delivers. I wander what we can discover from Gekisai dai san?!
It seams to continue the theme of close fighting and clinches, but it adds a lot of dynamism and more realistic scenarios with a more active opponent, to whom we are engaged in a dispute for the guard in a wrestlers stance, one circling the other looking for openings and positional advantages. It also seams to hint on why Miyagi changed the original Gekisai, since, if I'm correct, it required a jacket to work and missed the idea of a guard dispute between the parties.
In our excitement though, we forgot to add any dynamism to the demonstrations, so please imagine all the applications being preceded by lots of kake-uke and never ending circling....so much circling....... if you keep on moving, everything really comes alive and, with correct timing, can be effortlessly applied to the most stubborn adversary. You can find most of the moves in modern Sumo, they are very common.
Again, my interpretation seams to reinforce the theory that slow moves in Goju-ryu kata represent grappling moves.
Here is the link for the the playlist, each sequence is explained in more details in the video description, please let me know what you think.