OK, so the results are in! The opening sequence of Saifa wins! 86-76-59 (Saifa, Sandan, Bassai-Sho). That includes votes on Facebook and the website. If you are unsure what this is all about please read this page:
So the next stage, if this project is going to work, is for everyone to grab a camera and share their thoughts on what we feel the opening motions of Saifa represent!
Before we look at the kata, here are some rules and guidelines that I think will be helpful:
1 – Absolutely ALL contributions are valued.
2 – It does not matter if you know or practise the kata; we still want your contribution. A fresh pair of eyes can sometimes give the best insights.
3 – Because we are all looking at the same sequence, there is sure to be some repetition in what we present. No matter how similar some of the ideas maybe, every presentation will add something and may resonate with viewers in a way that other may not. So as many videos as possible please!
4 – We are not looking for a single “right” answer. We are looking to provide a resource for people to look at and draw ideas from.
5 – We will be employing a “contribute to critique” policy. If you don’t like what someone has shown, then you need to get out of your chair and put your own ideas up for critique too.
6 – Style variations are, of course, encouraged and should also be explored. I’m sure not all those involved will perform the kata exactly as shown below. If you do it differently, then show the bunkai for your variation. This all helps add to the knowledge pool.
7 – Have fun with it! :-)
So here we go …
The motion we are looking at can be found from 10 seconds to 19 seconds in the video below:
A Shito-Ryu version can also be viewed from 1:05 to 1:16 in this video:
Have a think and then follow the steps below:
1 – Film your bunkai for this sequence. Editing, captions and all that fancy stuff are an irrelevance.
2 – Upload it to YouTube. This is very easy to do and opening an account is also straight forward. In the settings you can decide if you want the video to be searchable or not, and if you wish to permit comments on YouTube. Make sure you enable embedding!
3 – Post the link in the comments to this post, along with any explanatory text you wish to add.
4 – I’ll then come along and embed the video so it is directly watchable on this page (only those with Admin privileges can embed videos).
5 – I will also share each new video via facebook, twitter, etc (unless asked not to).
Simple eh! :-)
If this provides the kind of response I hope it will, then we will do it all again in a 6 to 8 weeks. Obviously, for that one this sequence is banned (because we will have already done it).
I know there are loads of you out there with great ideas so please get your thinking caps on and your cameras out!
Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
All the best,