The Traditional Kobudo Kata of Okinawa
The Original Kobudo of Okinawa
Ryu Kyu Kobudo Recognized Kata:
List of KataSakugawa-no-kon sho and daiShushi-no-kon sho and daiChoun-no-kon Urasoe-no-konTsuken Sunakake-no-konYonegawa-no-kon Chatanyara-no-konChinen Shichanaka-no-konSesoko-no-konSoeishi-no-konShirotaru-no-konTsuken [Cheeken] Shitahaku-no-saiChatanyara-no-saiHamahiga-no-saiHantagawa-no-saiJigen-no-saiTawada-no-saiKojo-no-saiYakaa-no-saiYakaa-no-tunfaHamahiga-no-tunfaSuruchin NichokamaMaezato no TinbeMaezato no TekkoMaezato no NunchakuAkimine no SaiRecognized Kata of Okinawan Kobudo Bo (kun)
tokumine no kunchikin sunaka no kunsakugawa no kunufugushiku no kunshushi no kunchikin (tsuken) no kunshoshi no kunchikin dai kunurashi no kunrufa no kunchikin boshiromatsu no kunyonegawa no kunshirotarou no kunchatanyara no kunkobo no kunchinen shichanaka no kunkatin no kunsesoko no kunchoun no kunshishi no kunhasso no kunshirotaru no kunufutun boshukumine no kunRecognize Okinawa Kobudo "SAI" Katachatanyara no saisai2(aka kuniyoshi dai ni)hamagiga no saisai 3 (aka kuniyoshi dai san)chikin (tsuken) shitahaku no saiufuchiku no saihatagawa kuraguwa no saitokuyama no saitawada no saiishiguwa (ishikawa) no saikugusoku no saishinbaru no saiyakaa no sainicho sai (aka matayoshi no sai ichi)sai 1 (aka kuniyoshi dai ichi)sancho sai (aka matayoshi no sai ni)
There are many Kobudo kata that may have been lost to time due to lack of students, where as the most prominent Kobudo schools prevailed. The most popular styles of Okinawan Kobudo are Kenshin Ryu, Matayoshi Ryu, Motobu Ryu, Ryukyu Kempo, Okinawan kempo, Ufuchiku, Yamanni, and Tesshinkan.
To understand Kata, one must understand the creation of Kata and it's purpose. Kata is a method of unspoken teaching, of the rudimentary movements to use in battle. It is a preparation of teaching syllabus to develop dynamic techniques that can be recalled by rote memory or reflex, and equip the practitioner with life saving movements. The kata were created from the teachings of those whom had survived battles, mainly the 100 year war in Okinawa during the 15th-16th century amongst rivaling RyuKyuan Kings.