This is the first kata of the Isshinryu system, which originated from Shorin-Ryu. It emphasizes a straight forward stance, mae geri, and rapid techniques.
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There are some other Chinese styles having a form called ‘Shisan’ 13 in their curricula, but a link from a specific kung-fu form to Okinawan Seisan has never been established. The Shotokan version was probably renamed when Gichin Funakoshi formed his school in Japan. These include the number of steps originally in the kata, the number of different types of ‘power’ or ‘energy’ in the kata, the number of applications, or that the kata represents defence against 13 specific types of attack.
Funakoshi’s could have taken the best from these contrasting styles synthesising them into Hangetsu, which possibly explains why the form is so different from other kata in the Shotokan canon.
Chotoku Kyan taught Tatsuo Shimabuku. This form introduces many kaya concepts used in higher level Seibukan Shorin-Ryu kata. Due to its difficulty, this kata is often reserved for advanced students. This is the first kata of the Isshinryu system, which originated from Shorin-Ryu. Seisan is said to complement Seiunchin. Traditionally the regular performance is performed to a regular counting cadence maintaining the same tempo throughout the kata.
Articles containing Japanese-language text. Though not considered a basic kata, the Okinawa Seidokan version is foundational in teaching koshi trunkial twist power from a beginners onset. Retrieved from ” https: It contains techniques performed under full tension through the range of motion, as well as strong fast techniques. Seisan was considered “the eighth wonder of the world” because of his unusual power and ability.
Shimabuku taught the vertical punch with the thumb on top in this kata instead of using a twist punch.
OkinawaRyukyu Kingdom. Look to left and catch to right hip LF forward shuffle, LH side block, two punches, RF straight kick, punch Look over R shoulder to rear; ‘ turn RH side block, two punches, LF straight kick, punch Look over L shoulder; 90’ turn LH side block, two punches, RF straight kick, punch Rotate right foot and sink into shika dache; break Look to right; collect to RF forward neko ashe dache Step into T-stance; RH bridge of the nose Rotate fist to thumb up; back into neko ashe dache and pull R arm in Stomp into T-stance, step forward into kake dache, RF straight kick with kiai and RF landing forward into seisan dache.
The most likely explanation is the number of non-repeating techniques contained within the kata. This is completely unproven and uncorroborated. This slower version is called ‘Seisan Breath’ and taught to higher level students to develop internal martial arts. Shito-ryu has its own version and different versions are now practised even in Shuri-te derivatives like Shotokan called Hangetsu sseisan in Wado-ryu called Seishan.
There are numerous theories regarding the name of the kata. However, these names have no historical basis.
Isshinryu Karate: Seisan Kata
From 2nd Dan to 6th Dan. As is a feature of the style, all punches are performed with a vertical fist. His reasons were 1, it was faster, 2, it could be retracted easily without elbow breaks, and 3, it was stronger.
Versions of Seisan taught today have roots in Shuri-te, Seizan and Tomari-te streams of karate that is the karate that was traditionally taught in the Okinawan towns of ShuriNaha and Tomari respectively.
RH leg kat, straight punch; break Look over left; collect to LF forward neko ashe dache Step into T-stance; LH bridge of the nose Rotate fist and back into neko ashe dache while pulling L arm in Stomp into T-stance, step forward into kake dache, LF straight kick and landing forward into seisan dache LH leg block, straight punch; break Look to right; collect to RF forward neko ashe katx Drop into T-stance; RH bridge of the nose Sidestep into RF forward seisan dache RH leg block, straight punch; break Collect backwards to RF forward neko ashe dache LH open hand side block Sidestep into LF forward seisan dache: It emphasizes a straight forward stance, mae geri, and rapid techniques.
It is named after a Chinese artist, Seisan, who lived on an Seizan island during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Japanese martial arts Okinawan martial arts Chinese martial arts. Another more obscure version of this kata known as Aragaki-no-Seisan, bears the closest surface resemblance to the Shotokan kata Hangetsu. Seisan kata can be traced back as far as Soshu Matsumara in the nineteenth century, who was the oata of Yasutune Itosu and Chotoku Kyan. Seisan jata thought to be one of the oldest kata, being quite spread among other Nahate schools. The form predominantly features the stance Shiko-Dachi common in Tomari-te kata accompanying a block which often sets up a powerful pivot and punch into Zenkutsu-dachi.
Views Read Edit View history. Although rooted in the same form, significant differences can be seen in the Goju version compared to the other versions mentioned above.
Hangetsu translates to ‘Half Moon’ or ‘Half Month’ a reference to the half-moon stance used extensively and the semi-circular stepping actions in this kata. A more obscure and unlikely theory is that the kata was taken from a Chinese folk dance where the performer is explaining the importance of the tides as they cycle on day intervals kafa the ,ata revolves around the earth.