I was thinking about suggesting this kind of exercise here for quite some time.
I wish to present a kata, and invite forum members to analyze it and suggest bunkai interpretations for its various parts.
I chose Shitoryu Sochin, for several reasons:
- I guess most of you don't practice it (at least not regularly). This would (hopefully) make the analysis more interesting for you.
- It is relatively short and simple.
- It has a few exclusive features not appearing in other katas.
Here is a video of the kata:
As I see it, the kata has 8 distinct sections (I numbered them for convenience while referencing later in the discussion):
1. 0:04-0:32 - classical "double block + punch" sequence, 3 front + 3 back (common in Naha-te katas, although this is a Tomari-te kata)
2.* 0:32-0:35 - "double hammer arm swing + sideways augmented block"
3. 0:35-0:41 - 3 sideways "hooking blocks"
4. 0:41-0:45 - diagonal "double punch + double block + augmented block"
5. 0:45-0:50 - diagonal "shuto+punch" (both sides)
6. 0:50-0:55 - 3 backward "side blocks"
7.* 0:55-1:03 - "fake surrender + two punches"
8. 1:03-1:07 - final "mawashi uke" (again, classical naha-te feature, although this is a Tomari-te kata as mentioned)
I would love to read/see your thoughts about the various sections.
I am particularly interested in sequences 2 and 7 (marked with an asterisk).
Hopefully, this exercise will lead to new insights.