A few weeks ago, I shared a video of excerpts from a Seiyunchin seminar I took via Skype with Paul Enfield Sensei, a senior student of Taira Masaji Sensei. Last weekend, he had another seminar on Seisan, where he covered Taira Sensei's approach to bunkai for the entire kata. I didn't attend that one, since I don't know Seisan, but I know that a LOT of people do, so I figured you might want to see it!
2 "plays" in the grappling section of Mair. It's interesting how close the strategies are to Heian Shodan/Pinan Nidan, they could almost be the opening movements of the Heian and Pinan katas. Heian is very similar while Pinan is reversed but I think the basic principle is the same.
It's also interesting that these are also the first 2 "plays" in the treatise against a very common type of attack.
For the older katas rather than perhaps the pinans/heians or other recent ones, how significant is the first move (or the "salutation" if there is one) to the rest of the kata? Or, put another way is there a relationship between the opening of the kata and the body of the kata?
My sensei wants to start sharing more of the material we practice at our dojo, so we're starting a "Waza Wednesday" project, where we will share a video of some kind of karate or kobudo technique, drill, or exercise every Wednesday. This is the first one, which covers an application we use for one of the sequences in Naihanchi Sandan.
Today I was emailed the picture below by Tomaz Stanovnik. It’s from a 15th century German manuscript. Tomaz noted the similarity with the opening “salutation” of Kushanku / Kanku-Dai. Yet another example that Donn Draeger was write when he paraphrased the bible to say, “There is nothing new under the sun … except the very old”.