In light of its adopted style and katas, Shito-Ryu Karate is commonly referred to as the blended style. There are two types of soft and hard martial arts, internal and external martial arts, in this new form of karate. Furthermore, the ancient Shuri-te style has an impact on powerful stances, while the Naha-te style has an impact on circular movements.
Shito-Ryu, like other karate styles, is thought to have originated on Okinawa, one of Japan's largest islands. In 1929, master Kenwa Mabuni established a shito-Ryu school in Osaka, Japan, after settling permanently there. However, schools were required to declare the teaching style they used due to government policies at the time. As a result of the blending techniques, Kenwa Mabuni named it Shito-Ryu after his master's initials.
Shito-Ryu, as a karate style, struggled to gain popularity due to its mixed Katas at the outset. However, Shito-Ryu Karate became popular in 1939, thanks to the founder's enormous efforts and hardwork. At the time, the Okinawa people referred to it as "first dance." It was the forerunner of modern Shito-Ryu, known as "Dai-Nihon Karate-Do Kai." There are a large number of people who practice the style and lend a hand in spreading it throughout Japan and around the world.
From 1888 to 1952, Kenwa Mabuni, a Karate student, founded this artistic and powerful style. From 1830 to 1915, he studied the first form, the Shuri-te style, with his master Anko Itosu. Later, from Kanryo Higashionna in 1852 until 1915, he studied the Naha-te style. He was taught by a variety of gurus who assisted him in learning advanced Naha-te styles as well as Nin-jitsu and Arakaki.
In Japanese, the word katas in any Karate style is referred to as "forms." In any type of martial art, these are the techniques that are used to produce muscle memory and mind-fullness, and they are incorporated into the training.
Shito-Ryu, on the other hand, has a large number of Katas. The five basic forms are listed below.
kata's I, II, and III letters refer to the number of attacks. Juni No Kata is also adapted from Taikyoku akats in order to develop the same basic movement pattern. In Goju-Ryu karate, however, these Katas are used with slight variations in stances and hand movement.
Inner peace and a state of mind that an individual is unaware of are referred to as the Pinan Kata. Pinan Shodan, on the other hand, is the first Pinan Kata that leads to Gyaku Tsuki. The contrite moves/energy are the most fundamental principle of Pinan Shodan. When a body shifts in one direction and the blocking energy is used, these principles come into play.
This is the second form or Kata in the Pinan series, and it helps you learn the fundamentals of oi Tsuki. In this Kata, we use the same hand as our leading foot to mark an enemy's attack. Furthermore, all of the pinan series' initial principles were derived from oi Tsuki.
Wankan is another Shito-Ryu karate kata. The word "Wankan" is also known as Okan, which means "emperor's crown." This Kata has a short history, but it is said that it originated in the Tomari-te school and is now used in a variety of Karate styles.
This Kata means to penetrate the fortress, or to extract and block off the fortress. Bassai Dai is a form of passai Kata that can be found in almost any karate style.
Shito-Ryu Karate is a powerful and effective self-defense technique. The combination of forehead moves gives you the confidence to use them in a real fight situation to protect yourself from any damaging attack. When you're empty-handed, all of the katas and stances were created to provide you with weapons.
Finally, shito-ryu karate is one of the most popular karate forms to learn. However, you'll need some commitment and a focused mind to achieve your goals. Even if you're new to Karate, the style has a few basic stances and techniques to master. We've also gone over some of the most basic katas to make it easier for you to make your decision.
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Colton Woodard is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Kuniba Kai Karate Do and holds the title of Kyoshi as well. He loves to teach Karate, Kobudo, and Iaido and considers himself a lifetime student in pursuit of self improvement in both Martial Arts and in Character. Colton loves to visit Japan and speaks conversational Japanese and can write quite a few Kanji. He is a Karate competitor and coach and loves to exercise and make new memories with people all over the world.
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