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Kenshin Ryu Katas

THE KENSHIN RYU STYLE

 

KENSHIN RYU is a style created by SHIHAN SEIICHI YOSHITAKA AKAMINE, based on OKINAWAN GOJU RYU and with great Chinese influence. Also takes technics of SHURI TE, SHOREI KAN, SHORIN RYU, UECHI RYU, SHITO RYU and AIKIDO, that Master Akamine considered important to consolidate a complete teaching method, to the one he added his martial interpretation and his scientific knowledge. It is correct to say too, that KENSHIN RYU evolves from SHIKAN RYU, that it was the name of the style introduced in Brazil (1957) by Master Seiichi Y. Akamine.

 

KENSHIN RYU'S KATAS - LIST AND ORDER

KIHON KATAS:

1a.) UKE GO DAN

2a.) ENPI GODAN

3a.) SUKI GODAN

Master Akamine took these three Katas from the training of GOJU RYU style's kihon, conserving the basic aspects (position; breathing and technique), but modifying the path (enbusen); rhythm and grade of difficulty.

 

4a.) TEKATANAGODAN

5a.) TEI SHO GO DAN

Two Katas created in the West (Brazil) by Sensei Seiichi Yoshitaka Akamine, to teach the blows, and/ or defenses, of border hand, and of base (heel) of the hand palm.

 

These five Katas are the ROOT of KENSHIN RYU STYLE. Then the student will continue practicing these katas, anyone it is - it was, and it will be - his degree; increasing the level of difficulty in the rhythm and in the applications (bunkai) of each movement.

 

6a.) KERI KATA

Kata created by Master Juan Carlos Rius (Sensei Pa Chi), which shows seven leg techniques.

 

BASIC KATAS:

7a.) GEIKISAI SHODAN

8a.) GEI KI SAI -NI DAN

Two Katas also of GOJU RYU style, although Shihan Seiicchi Akamine took the form and the enbusen (path) of Okinawan Kobudo.

 

9a.) SANCHIN

3 directions, or ways, kata). Taken from GOJU RYU, as exercise it becomes trained from white belt (7th. Kyu), but as Kata from 2nd. Kyu (violet belt). It is one of the main ones of the style, defining the HARDNESS and the FORCE (STRENGTH). Based on the Chinese form PAIPUREN, teaches a correct BREATHING - and a concentration, tension and relaxation work - directed mainly to benefit the practitioner's health. Its predominant position is SANCHIN DACHI, and from this position takes its name.

 

10a.) TEN SHO

(Palm - or wrist - rotation). Also taken from GOJU RYU, and based on the Chinese form ROKKUSHU (or ROKKISHU), it is so important as SANCHIN, but defining the SOFTNESS and the TECHNIQUE.

 

ADVANCED KATAS:

11a.) NAIHANCHI

Kata of SHORIN RYU (SHURI TE) that Master Akamine chose because of its lateral displacements, and its balance's training. It is also knows as NAIFANCHI

 

12a.) SEI KAN SHU

(or JU KAN SHU)

(or KAN SHU)

Very old Kata, that takes this name because it shows a group of ten blockades that, although individually each one has its own name, all are assembled under the denomination "KANSHU (or KAISHU) BLOCKADES". It is also knows as KAN SHA.

 

13a.) SAI FA (or SAI HA)

Kata also common to GOJU RYU style (Okinawan FORM and LINE). It is also knows as SAI FUWA.

 

14a.) SEIONCHIN

(Kata of the Feline), based on the form of SHITO RYU (SEINCHIN).

 

15a.) RYU FA

(Kata of the Snake). It is Black Belt level kata (1st. DAN).

 

16a.) SEI PAI

Kata that GOJU RYU style originally called JU HACHI TE or SEI HACHI TE (18 hands), and that KENSHIN RYU style call NISEI ICHI TE, because of it shows 21 different hand's techniques.

 

17a.) SEISAN TE

(or JU SAN TE)

(or SEI SAN TE)

(13 hands). Very old Kata, of Chinese origin, developed by some Masters of SHOREI KAN; UECHI RYU and BUGEIKAN. Based on the form of the BUBISHI ("PANGAINOON SEISAN"), nothing has to do with the versions SEISAN of GOJU RYU, neither SEISHAN of WADO RYU.

 

18a.) SHISOOCHIN

(4 directions - or ways - kata). SISOCHIN for GOJU RYU.

 

19a.) SANSEI ICHI RYU

(31 movements). SANSEI RYU (Dragon's kata) for GOJU RYU.

 

20a.) KURURUN FA

(or KURUTON FA)

(or KURU UN HA)

A sequence of techniques to escape to the "DOUBLE NELSON" capture, that - in the corresponding position - are called KU RU RUN FA - constitute the CENTRAL PART of this kata developed by the style GOJU RYU.

 

21a.) SHUPARINPEI

(or SUPARUNPEI)

Very advanced Kata of GOJU RYU style called also HYAKU HACHI TE (one hundred and eight hands), and PEICHURRIN.

 

22a.) KEN SHIN RYU

Also known as KOSOKUN, is the Japanese Version of KEN WASHI IN RYU kata.

 

23a.) KEN WASHI IN RYU

(Last of the Style). From Chinese origin, it symbolizes the EAGLE. It was developed in Japan by the Masters Seiko Higa and Seitoku Higa.

 

FERNANDO PRIETO
6to. DAN = KENSHIN TETTSU GAKKU