Pa Chi Chuan

Pa Chi, Legend or History

Those that want to practice Karate as defense or sport, they have many places to choose. But if they also want to be introduced into the deep oriental philosophies, look for Sensei Pa Chi of KARATE-DO (my first Professor), or look for Professor Cela of AIKIDO. Both with their knowledge and philosophy, helped me in the fight about the life of a very dear person. I don't give their addresses, since this article doesn't seek to be a publicity, but a recognition that in my opinion they deserve for some time.
This reflection is for those who some time they were students of both Professors, and they have traveled the enough way to be willing to learn what the Professors want to teach, without forgetting that Budda sat down years in front of a wall and he got up being a sage. Some students look for wisdom in other lands, without knowing that here in - our country - we also have Masters and Professors.

Some of these Masters remain in a fair anonimity, because by themselves it was chosen. But they are also in an unjust forgetfulness - of those who were their students, and in some occasions also friends - because nobody decides to walk the first step to be rediscovered. To these last ones are specially dedicated the final lines of this article.

Many people trains TAI CHI, but few of they know its origin.

TAI CHI Martial Art is based on TAI CHI CHUAN, Chinese method that teaches the handling of the sword and the sable. With PA CHI Martial Art it happens something similar, since it is based on the PA CHI CHUAN (Chinese Martial Art that teaches the handling of the lance, and that born in the year 1700). The Japaneses who traveled to China to learn this discipline, add to the lance the BO, and almost all of the BO Masters, are also experts in PA CHI CHUAN.

PA CHI CHUAN and PA CHI Martial Arts had a great acceptance in Japan, and - in fact - both systems were introduced in the West by Masters of Japanese Martial Arts.

The most significant difference between PA CHI CHUAN and PA CHI, is that the first one is based on the handling of weapons; and PA CHI (without leaving aside the weapons) concentrates on the defense of "EMPTY HAND". Equally both systems maintain principles such as more wide postures, more wide movements, and expression of the force with simplicity. It is also perceived that inside the long things are the short things, and that inside the short things are the long things, that the force and the softness are helped, that the concentration, relaxation and tension it continues the one to the others, and a Yoga system of breathing.

A Chinese Doctor taught me TAI CHI, speak to me about PA CHI Martial Art, and he recommended me to continue my way in Martial Arts with Master Seiichi "Shikan" Akamine. In this way I found Sensei Juan Carlos Ríus (well-known as Sensei " PA CHI ") - who was student of Master Seiichi "Shikan" Akamine - and then I began to practice KARATE-DO.

Sensei Akamine and Sensei Pa Chi (Juan Carlos Ríus)

Whenever I asked him the origin of his nickname (Pa Chi), his answers were very vague. As he never went too deep in this topic, I decided to investigate by myself, and I discovered that Pa Chi Sensei's family calls him Juan Carlos, and that people who don't know for their activities in the Martial Arts, identify him as Juan Carlos Ríus, but not as Pa Chi. Then something confused me, because of his nickname comes of before knowing his MASTER (SHIHAN SEIICHI "SHIKAN" AKAMINE), and even before he practiced Judo. But in that time his nickname was Pachi (ONE SINGLE WORD), being uncertain the origin of the same one. Here it is where the HISTORY and the LEGEND maybe are confused, and mix the one with the other.

According to Master Akamine's direct students, he dominated the old oriental technique of "change of name", that it would be a different form of writing - in Japanese characters - the name of people, so that their NEW NAME is potentiated with positive energy. It seems to be that this is the reason of the change from " Pachi " (a single word) to " Pa Chi " (TWO SEPARATE WORDS), when Master Akamine sends Pa Chi Sensei to train BO with a Master in this weapon, of the one little it is known, but apparently also dominated PA CHI CHUAN and PA CHI Martial Arts.

It would seem that Master Akamine, thought that the nickname Pachi was not a chance, but a sign that Juan Carlos Rius had been born to be developed in the BO, in the PA CHI CHUAN and in the PA CHI, and later - between both - to diffuse not only A STYLE, but a PHILOSOPHY that Master Akamine called KENSHIN.

Years later, Master Akamine designates Pa Chi Sensei as his SUCCESSOR IN OCCIDENT in the diffusion of KENSHIN philosophy, and of KENSHIN RYU's METHOD of teaching. Those that know this Philosophy and Style, as well PA CHI CHUAN and PA CHI Methods - we have observed big points in common, as to make think that here neither has to do the chance. In the following outline ome of these concidences can be observed:




Symbolic Animals:






MASTER MA FONG TU (Creator of Pa Chi of Ma, Professor of Seiko and Seitoku Higa).   MASTER SEIICHI AKAMINE (Creator of KENSHIN RYU style).
SEIKO HIGA (Master of Seiichi Akamine).   JUAN C. RIUS (Sensei Pa Chi).
SEITOKU HIGA (Master of Seiichi Akamine).   ROBERTO FERNANDEZ.

SEIICHI "SHIKAN" AKAMINE (Master of Juan C. Rius).





Basic Forms:

1ra. TAICHI JU (10 defenses with empty*hand or with short sword).   UKE GO DAN (5 defenses with empty hand or with SAI).

TAICHI GO (5 attacks with empty hand, or with sword and sable).


TE KATANA GO DAN (5 attacks with empty hand or with KATANA).


PA CHI SHOTEI (10 defenses and  combined attacks with palm hand).


TEISHO GODAN (5 combinations of defense and attack withn hand palm).



Advanced Forms:

KAN YU TAI (Ten Temples form).   JU KANSHU (Ten guards Kata).
SAI FA (Balance form).   SAI FA (Balance Kata).
SEIUN PA CHI (Dragon form).   SEIONCHIN (Tigger Kata).
PA CHI RYU (Snake form).   RYU FA (Snake Kata).

SEISHAN (Tension and Strong Breathing form).


SEI SAN TE (Warrior Kata, and 13 hands defenses Kata).

PEECHURIN or SUPARINPEI (Softness and Strenght form, or Four Seasons form).   SHUPARUNPEI (GO and JU Kata, or 4 cardinal points Kata).

PA CHINTO CHI (Crane form, last of the style).


KENSHIN RYU and KEN WASHI IN RYU (Eagle Katas, last of the style).



Weapon Forms:

PA CHI CHUAN I (1st.Form of BO).   GEIKISAI SHODAN (1st.Kata of SAI).
PA CHI CHUAN II (2nd.Form of BO).   GEIKI SAI NIDAN (2nd.Kata of SAI).

PA CHI RYU (1st.Form of NUNCHAKU and 1st.Form of SABLE or SWORD).


RYUFA (1st.Kata of NUNCHAKU and 3rd.Kata of SAI).



KENSHIN RYU's weapons KATAS are also executed with "EMPTY HAND", being basic the GEIKISAI and ADVANCED the rest. In this article PA CHI's KATAS and PA CHI CHUAN's KATAS are with the name that are knows in Occident.=

Both styles have more Katas that are not mentioned, because don't have importants points in common.=
Some people sustain that PA CHI and TAI CHI are previous to PA CHI CHUAN and TAI CHI CHUAN, but although they were right, this is not important for the essence of the present article.=

Chance or not, legend or history, the KENSHIN and the PA CHI are effective, and within reach of who wants to find these both Martial Arts. It is only question to know where we must looking for, with decision but without losing the humility.=

If when using the eyes we are capable "TO SEE" and not only to look. If when using the hearings we can "HEAR" and not only to listen. If when using the tact we end up "PERCEIVING" and not only to touch. If we have ended up understanding that the sum - or the subtraction - of our five senses will allow us to "SENSE", and therefore to GUESS RIGHT, we will surely know where "TO GO", and where "NOT TO BE"...

... Because anyone is the way that we walk, we will always find again ...