Myojo Myojo means “morning star” however, the Kata derived its name from the name of the Japanese High School where Kenwa Mabuni Sensei attended to teach the students self defence. The Kata contains the self defence sequences that Mabuni Sensei taught to the students.
Kururunfa ( 久留 頓 破 ) is an advanced kata from Nahate system brought back from China which was handed down to Higaonna Sensei. It features evasive as well as grappling maneuver and very quick movement.
Aragaki ha Unshu (雲手), literally “cloud hands”, It contains many intricate hand techniques, such as the Ippon Nukite (one finger strike) in the opening sequence. Unshu was created by Seisho Aragaki sometime around 1860-1870. Aragaki was a Japanese and Chinese language interpreter to the Shuri court, and a master of monk fist and white crane styles. … Read more
Sochin (壯鎭) (“Tranquil Force”) The rhythm of the kata is dynamic, it is characterized by slow, deliberate movements interspersed with explosive out-bursts of speed. Sochin in Shitoryu version, it employs several stances including nekoashi-dachi and Moto dachi . Rhythm is important in the execution of this kata. This kata has been said to develop Chi/Ki energy.
Back of the wrist strike or (Bent wrist strike) – By bending the hand inward to the fullest extent, the wrist can become a powerful weapon. It can be used against the opponent’s punching arm as a block ( can be seen in katas like; Suparinpei, Sanseiru, Shinpa and… ) or to strike his face … Read more
Kosa-dachi (Crossing stance or Crossed Leg Stance) From Moto-dachi, bring the back leg forward so that the back knee is tucked in to the back of the front knee, with only the toes and ball of the back foot on the floor. The back foot is out to the side (in 45 degree angle) of the … Read more
Acupressure balances the body’s energy by applying pressure to specific points along energy channels. The term “pressure” is misleading, since acupressure actually uses a very light touch. A practitioner uses her fingertips to make contact with the body. It’s the location of the contact that’s important, not the amount of pressure. Some people like firm, … Read more
13 Fundamental points in kata that must be considered while practicing Yoi no Kishin – Preparing one’s mind – Readiness, concentration, will, and determination against opponent before starting kata. Chikara no KyoJaku – Strength, power – Correct method in using power, the amount of power used for each kata movement and position. Waza no KanKyu … Read more