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Embusen and Kanji

Here is an interesting article on how embusen were designed in Southern China. There is a progression from square angles to flanking and then turns to eight directions and corners, signified by the kanji for ten 十, wood 木 and rice 米.

That system isn't perfect. It leaves out the common pattern for work 工, for example. (Which is functionally equivalent to the first.)

The Southern Art of Ten, Wood, Rice

I find the system helpful for classifying a kata's content concerning footwork by and large. Which I find particularly interesting anyway.