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Opening Sequence of Seiyunchin

Hi all, I'm currently learning Seiyunchin and trying to experiment with applying the kata. Fact is, beyond the first move of the first sequence, I'm completely stumped in how it can be applied. The first move (at least to me) is quite clearly sinking and shifting your weight down to pull the enemy aside by his neck or head, but beyond that i'm stumped. The hands then turn to face outwards and then some sortof double gedan-barai thing is done into an uke technique (of which I dunno it's name yet) and a nukite strike around the area of the ribs. I just dunno where to go from here, and trying to figure this out is a little frustrating, if anyone can give a helping hand, perhaps direct me to some further reading, it would be much appreciated. Sorry if this is the wrong forum to post this in. Cheers!

Les Bubka
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Hi T Annan, When I analyse techniques within kata I use three ways, 1. Can it be used as a strike 2. Can it be a throw or off balance 3. Can it be joint lock. Iain clips and article have lots of useful info so check out his work. Please feel free to look at my clip for some inspiration.

Nimrod Nir
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Hi T_Annan,

You can also check out Iain's take on the opening sequence:

Nice ideas, Les!


Wastelander's picture

Thanks for sharing your breakdown, Les! You brought out some ideas I hadn't considered for Seiyunchin, since they differ from my usual applications for it. Since Nimrod Nir shared Iain's video on it, I figured I could throw out Paul Enfield's teaser video for his Seiyunchin webinar, since it has several application examples in it, as well:

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To everyone who replied, thank you so very much, watching and studying these videos, I had an a-ha moment not an hour ago and had some application success of Seiunchin and Saifa while sparring with some of my BJJ gymmates. This is what I needed to fully convince me of kata's real world combative applicability, as well as give some needed motivation. Again many thanks, will continue to study my kata and their various application!