I'm always interested in knowing what techniques and kata the older masters favored. Can anyone correct or add to to this list?
KYAN Chotoku - Passai
NAGAMINE Shosin - Wankan, Wanshu
MOTOBU Choki - Naihanchi
FUNAKOSHI Gichin - Kusanku/Kwanku Dai (Not certain on this one, but reportedly he demoed it a lot in his early Japan days when he was trying to grow karate)
OYAMA Mas - Tensho
OTSUKA Honori - Naihanchi
SHIMABUKURO Zenpo - Kusanku
MIYAGI Chojun - Shisochin, reportedly he disliked Sanseiru, and he created Tensho, unknown if we should infer that he favored Tensho or not
HIGA Seiko - Tensho and Kururunfa
TOGUCHI Seikichi - Seipai
SHINJO Masanobu - Suparinpei
Just a comment.
I to am interested in the Kata's of old, and who favored what. While doing some of the above kata, I consider the older masters body type along with the names and what the names mean, in regard to the kata. I feel there is much insight to be gained into kata practice, with this in mind.
replace friend with idol/man he respected then.
i remember he thought a lot of him, presumed it was that they were friends. obviously not
as said its been a while since i've read about it, memories a bit muddled.
unarmed hand to hand fighting has NOT changed through the ages; only the name changes, and it has only one rule: do it first, do it fast, do it dirtiest. -- Robert A. Heinlien
The masters of old, had one or two favourite katas. The saying goes, "Three years, one kata." They spent so much time focusing on the bunkai for these templates. I remember reading an article by Iain Abernethy on Naihanchi (at least I believe it was that article) claiming that Motobu's favourite kata was Naihanchi, in addition he also favoured Kushanku, Chinto and Passai katas.
For me, I don't prefer learning so many kata because I find it too overwhelming for me to retain everything. I try to study on bunkai for at least my favourite katas. Holding a black belt in Goju-ryu, I have learned Kobudo and supplementary (foreign) katas, and I felt that I should slow down in learning new katas since Martial Arts is a lifetime of study.
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