The name Kushanku refers to the name of the Chinese diplomat from Fukien who is believed to have traveled to Okinawa and taught his system of fighting there.

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Straighten your legs to lift the opponent into the air. Not for power generation Rolling with strikes. This page was last edited on 25 Septemberat It should always be remembered that kata is a record of information and as such it can be compared to a collection of recipes. Certainly my own interpretation has the more physically and technically demanding techniques in actual application, not solo performance towards the end of the kata, and the simplest and most immediate techniques towards the start.

However, in combat the flinch will of course be instinctive and rough around the edges.

Kūsankū (kata) – Wikipedia

,ushanku It is a physically demanding and visually impressive form when performed correctly and it is one of the most popular kata in modern competition. The solo kata should never be considered as an alternative to, or substitute for, that live practise.

Tode Sakugawa was the first martial arts teacher of the legendary Soken Matsumura; who was the chief bodyguard to three Okinawan kings. Lack of variety in shotokan kata Sip Su Application?

Wado-Ryu Kata – Kushanku

Sadly, that is a very common misunderstanding about the purpose and nature of kata. Kushanku is one of the longest forms and ksuhanku contains a wide variety of techniques. You are here Home.


Allow the left foot to pivot to 45 degrees off of the back line, and remain flat with the leg relaxed straight. The application of this sequence is as follows. We have the kata itself of course, but we have no definitive answer when we ask what the original applications of the form were. We can therefore confidently say that the kata contains plenty of grappling. The hand techniques that accompany the stance block the head, while allowing for a strike to the groin, knee, or foot.

Martial Arts of the World: We are also told that his methods involved placing one hand on the opponent whilst striking with the other hand. By continuing to use this website, you consent to our kushankk of these cookies. Kushanku kata contains many throws and takedowns.

Retrieved from ” https: The last three moves of the form see the practitioner step around with their left leg Figure 1assume a low stance as the arms are pulled in Figure 2and then straighten the legs as the arms are brought upwards Figure 3. The kata starts by working with our instinctive reactions and steadily progresses through more technically demanding methodologies.

There are no detailed written records of the techniques that Kushanku originally taught Sakugawa. This document details a ship running ashore in Oshima bay and includes interviews with the crew of katx ship. In this article we kushaanku briefly look at the history of the kata and examine some of the key concept relating to its application.


Japanese martial arts Okinawan martial arts Chinese martial arts. As you turn, throw a left soto uke to your left side, and a right gedan to your right side.

This flinch is presented in a very formal way in kata; as can be seen in the photograph of Gichin Funakoshi performing the opening motion of Kushanku kata Above. However, we should never mistake the formal instructions for the actual fighting skills those instructions are supposed to develop.

Again, we have no way of knowing for certain, but the idea is certainly worthy of consideration. The other movements kushamku the start of the form are also quite easy to apply.

Kushanku Wado Ryu (kata) video

My own study of Kushanku has revealed strikes, traps, throws, takedowns, joint-locks, chokes, strangles, etc. The second iushanku of the non-striking limb is to clear obstructions i.

Use the right leg to stand as you draw your left foot back to a hachiji dachi, and throw a left gedan uke to your left toward the front line and pull your right hand into hikite. The kata is always formal and precise.

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