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Okinawa Shorin Ryu New Zealand
Matsubayashi Ryu
Karate - Kobudo

Okinawa Shorin-ryu
New Zealand
Matsubayashi-ryu karate & kobudo
Kata of Matsubayashi ryu
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Kata of Matsubayashi ryu
" Practice of the basic movements enables the student to achieve a natural, beautiful, swift, stable and powerful performance of kata."
Shoshin Nagamine
Kata lies at the heart of any Okinawan martial art and Matsubayashi ryu is no exception. Its pre-arranged solo exercises are used as the primary training method. Since the techniques of kata were derived from actual fighting, they serve as a dictionary of combat techniques. One aspect of kata training is called bunkai or application of the techniques contained within the kata.
Kata must ultimately be performed with competence, good timing, rhythm, speed, balance, focus of power and correct breathing.
Kata lies at the heart of any Okinawan martial art and Matsubayashi ryu is no exception. Its pre-arranged solo exercises are used as the primary training method. Since the techniques of kata were derived from actual fighting, they serve as a dictionary of combat techniques. One aspect of kata training is called bunkai or application of the techniques contained within the kata.
Kata must ultimately be performed with competence, good timing, rhythm, speed, balance, focus of power and correct breathing.
Fukyugata ichi
Fukyugata: ("Promotional Kata"):
Fukyugata I was created by Osensei Shoshin Nagamine in 1941 and Fukyugata II by the Master of Goju-Ryu, Chojun Miyagi. These two introductory kata were originally requested to be created by a special committee of all the Okinawan Karate-Do Association organised and summoned by the governor of Okinawa at that time, Mr. Gen Hayakawa. The reason for the inception of these two introductory kata was to allow beginners and school children to approach Karate practice in the most lenient way possible.

view video - Fukyugata ichi
view video - Fukyugata ni
Pinan shodan
Pinan: ("Peace")
The five Pinan kata, Pinan shodan to godan were created by Anko Itosu in 1907 and were intended to be practiced by high school students as an integral part of the regular curriculum.

view video - Pinan shodan
view video - Pinan sandan
view video - Pinan yondan
view video - Pinan godan
Naihanchi
Naihanchi: ("Horse Riding Kata")
The composer of Naihanchi Shodan through to Sandan is unknown. These ancient kata were the introductory ones to Karate for beginners before the Fukyugata and Pinan kata were composed.

view video - Naihanchi shodan

 
Kihon Kata
Fukyugata - Naihanchi
Advanced kata
Ananku - Chatan Yara no Kusanku
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Ananku
The composer of this kata is unknown. The characteristic of this kata is noted by the lunging stances for defensive and offensive movements.

view video - Ananku
Fukyugata ichi
Tomari Wankan
Tomari Wankan:  ("King's Crown"):
The composer of this kata is unknown also, but it has a long history. This kata was practiced mostly in Tomari Village. The characteristics of this kata are its elegance combined with powerful movements of attack and defence sequences.

view video - Wankan
Tomari Rohai:
The composer of this kata is also unknown, but it has a long history as well. This kata also was mostly practiced in the village of Tomari. The characteristic of this kata is the one-foot stances where the other foot is drawn to deliver a quick snap-kick. It is a short kata but is very elegant looking.

view video - Rohai
Tomari Rohai
Wanshu
Wanshu:
It is believed that this kata was brought to Okinawa in 1683 by a Chinese envoy named Wanshu; but later, this kata was reformed and developed by Karate men of Tomari Village. The characteristic of this kata is the execution of hidden fist punches.

view video - Wanshu
by a special committee of all the Okinawan Karate-Do Association organised and summoned by the governor of Okinawa at that time, Mr. Gen Hayakawa. The reason for the inception of these two introductory kata was to allow beginners and school children to approach Karate practice in the most lenient way possible.

Fukyugata ichi  >

Fukyugata ni  >
Fukyugata: ("Promotional Kata"):
Fukyugata I was created by Osensei Shoshin Nagamine in 1941 and Fukyugata II by the Master of Goju-Ryu, Chojun Miyagi. These two introductory kata were originally requested to be created
Tomari Passai
Tomari Passai:
The composer of this kata is also unknown. The characteristic of this kata is the execution of knife-hand techniques. This kata was the favourite of many Karate men of Tomari Village.

view video - Passai
Gojushiho
Gojushiho: (literally "54 Steps"):
The composer of this kata is also unknown. Goju-Shi-Ho literally means 54 steps. The characteristics of this kata are the spear-hand thrust and the resemblance of a drunken man's movements.
Tomari Chinto
Tomari Chinto:
The composer of this kata is unknown. The characteristics of this kata are the execution of a flying kick, and every movement is composed in a diagonally straight line.

view video - Chinto
Pinan shodan
Pinan: ("Peace")
The five Pinan kata, Pinan shodan to godan were created by Anko Itosu in 1907 and were intended to be practiced by high school students as an integral part of the regular curriculum.
Chatan Tara no Kusanku
Chatan Yara no Kusanku:
This kata was adopted and developed by Okinawan Karate men after it was brought to Okinawa in 1761 by a Chinese Martial Artist named Kusanku. This kata is the most magnificent and advanced kata of all Matsubayashi Ryu Karate. It is also the longest and most difficult kata, requiring painstaking practice for more than a decade for mastery.
Yakusoku Kumite
yakusoku kumite san
Yakusoku kumite:
In addition to the 18 kata, 7 yakusoku kumite forms are practiced.
These forms were heavily influenced by Choki Motobu.


Naihanchi: ("Horse Riding Kata")
The composer of Naihanchi Shodan through to Sandan is unknown. These ancient kata were the introductory ones to Karate for beginners
Naihanchi
before the Fukyugata and Pinan kata were composed.

Naihanchi shodan  >

Ananku
Ananku:
The composer of this kata is unknown. The characteristic of this kata is noted by the lunging stances for defensive and offensive movements.

Ananku  >
Tomari Wankan
Tomari Wankan: 
("King's Crown"):
The composer of this kata is unknown also, but it has a long history. This kata was practiced mostly in Tomari
Village. The characteristics of this kata are its elegance combined with powerful movements of attack and defence sequences.

Wankan  >
Tomari Passai
Tomari Passai:
The composer of this kata is also unknown. The characteristic of this kata is the execution of knife-hand techniques. This kata was the favourite of many Karate men of Tomari Village.

Passai  >
Gojushiho
Gojushiho:
(literally "54Steps")
The composer of this kata is also unknown. Goju-Shi-Ho literally means 54 steps. The characteristics of this kata are the spear-hand thrust and the resemblance of a
drunken man's movements.
Tomari Chinto
Tomari Chinto:
The composer of this kata is unknown. The characteristics of this kata are the execution of a flying kick, and every movement is composed in a diagonally straight line.

Chinto  >
Chatan Tara no Kusanku
Chatan Yara no Kusanku:
This kata was adopted and developed by Okinawan Karate men after it was brought to Okinawa in 1761 by a Chinese Martial Artist named Kusanku. This kata is the most magnificent and advanced kata of all Matsubayashi Ryu Karate. It is also the longest and most
difficult kata, requiring painstaking practice for more than a decade for mastery.
Yakusoku Kumite
Yakusoku kumite:
In addition to the 18 kata, 7 yakusoku kumite forms are practiced.
These forms were heavily influenced by Choki Motobu.


yakusoku kumite san