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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Use the right leg to stand as you draw kushqnku 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. Skip to main content. Kata tells us what methodologies we should drill and take into our live training.

Wado-Ryu Kata – Kushanku

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This document details a ship running ashore in Oshima bay and includes interviews with the crew of that ship. 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 back line and pull your right hand into hikite.

The first is to locate and control the head during the chaos of close range combat so that the accuracy of strikes is improved. It is a very important kata and as such it deserves to kaata studied deeply.

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Straighten your legs to lift the opponent into the air. Similarly, the kata gives us the information needed to fight and this information is presented in a formal way. By continuing to use this website, you consent to our use of these cookies. For additional Wado-Ryu Karate katas i. Close to masuba dachi, then rei. Kushanku Kanku-Dai is frequently said to be one of the most important forms practised within the various karate styles.


The applications of the form are therefore open to interpretation. The final technique of the form records a rather advanced throwing technique that requires good timing and a good degree of physical strength.

The other movements toward the start of the form are also quite easy to apply. It is simply a case of analysing the kata from the correct perspective and in the correct way. Indeed the active study of the kata as opposed to just practising them is something that all karateka should engage in. The kata is a record of the combative techniques and concepts formulated by a Chinese martial artist who went by the name of Kushanku.

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However, in combat the flinch will of course be instinctive and rough around the edges. The live application of the kata in the chaos of combat will be far from formal and precise! Sadly, that is a very common misunderstanding about the purpose and nature of kata.

Takahara then encouraged Sakugawa to seek out instruction from Kushanku.

Movement drills we worked on today. Throughout the martial arts, it is common to teach the simplest techniques first, and teach kushankh techniques that require a better understanding of the basics later on.

Throw a left gedan uke. We are kusyanku told that his methods involved placing one hand on the opponent whilst striking with the other hand. The solo kata should never be considered as an alternative to, or substitute for, that live practise. Pivot on the balls of both feet to your left degrees.


Itosu was also kqta creator of the five Pinan Heian kata, and it is obvious from their many similarities that Kushanku kata heavily influenced the development and the subject mater covered by the Pinan series. The hand techniques that accompany the stance block the head, while allowing for a strike to the groin, knee, or foot.

In Matsubayashi-ryu karate, the kata is known for its flying kick and its “cheating” stance, which robs the opponent of opportunities to attack by extending one leg along the ground and squatting as low as possible on the other ura-gamae. The application of this sequence is as follows.

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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. Indeed, in kushan,u cases it is blindingly obvious how the motion of the kata is to be applied.

Peichin Takahara is said to have seen Kushanku demonstrate his fighting prowess and was greatly impressed by him. History tells us that the kata is a record of the highly effective techniques that were designed by Kushanku and then subsequently recorded by Tode Sakugawa. The kata is always formal and precise. Kushanku is one of the longest forms and it contains a wide variety of techniques.