Monthly Archives: September 2016

Saifa (砕破) Kata

shitoryu-karate-kata-saifa-performing-by-tanzadeh-sensei

Saifa (砕破) means “smash and tear. Saifa has its origins in China, and was brought to Okinawa by Master Kanryo Higaonna. It contains quick whipping motions, hammer fists, and back fist strikes; it particularly emphasizes moving off-line from an opponent’s main force, while simultaneously closing distance and exploding through them.

Matsumura Seisan (松村十三) Kata

Sensei Tanzadeh performing Matsumura Seisan

Matsumura Seisan literally means ’13’ (Version of Master Matsumura) who adapted original kata of Seisan from Naha-te Schools. Seisan is thought to be one of the oldest kata, being quite spread among other Naha-te schools. Shito-ryu has both ‘Shuri-te’ Version and call it “Matsumura Seisan” and Naha-te version called just “Seisan”. WadoRyu style call this … Read more

Haffa (白鳥) Kata

Sensei-Tanzadeh-performing-Haffa-Kata

Haffa” White Bird” or Also translated as “100 Birds”.The Kata was brought to Okinawa by Master Go Kenki and found it’s way to Shitoryu by Ryuso Kenwa Mabuni. The concept of Haffaand the performance of the techniques is very close to the Hakucho or Hakkaku. The Kata is without any high difficulties, and it is … Read more