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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Seisan – Wikipedia
However, these names have no historical basis. Views Read Edit View history. It is named after a Chinese artist, Seisan, who lived on an Okinawan island during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Hangetsu translates to ‘Half Moon’ or ‘Half Month’ a reference to the half-moon stance used extensively katta the semi-circular stepping actions in this kata. Some people refer to the kata as ’13 Hands’, ’13 Fists’, ’13 Techniques’, ’13 Steps’ or even ’13 killing positions’.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This slower version is called ‘Seisan Breath’ and taught to higher level students to develop internal martial arts.
There are numerous theories regarding the name of the kata. Shimabuku taught the vertical punch with the thumb on top in this kata instead of using a twist punch. Seisan is thought to be one of the oldest kata, being quite spread among other Nahate schools. The most likely explanation is the number of non-repeating techniques contained within the kata. RH leg block, 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 dache 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: Traditionally the regular performance is performed to a regular counting cadence maintaining the same tempo throughout the kata.
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. Seisan kata can be traced back as far as Soshu Matsumara in kat nineteenth century, who was the instructor of Yasutune Itosu and Chotoku Kyan.
As is a feature of the style, all punches are performed with a vertical fist. Chotoku Kyan taught Tatsuo Shimabuku.
Another more obscure version of this kata known as Aragaki-no-Seisan, bears the closest surface resemblance to the Shotokan kata Hangetsu.
His reasons were 1, it was faster, 2, it could be retracted easily without elbow breaks, and ktaa, it was stronger. This is the first kata of the Isshinryu system, which originated from Shorin-Ryu. Japanese martial arts Okinawan martial arts Chinese martial arts. 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. It emphasizes a straight forward stance, mae geri, and rapid techniques.
Look to left and catch to right hip LF forward shuffle, LH side zeisan, 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; seisaj 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 katx with kiai and RF landing forward into seisan dache.
This is seisqn unproven and uncorroborated.
Although rooted in the same form, significant differences can be seen in the Goju version compared to the other versions mentioned above. 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. KarateTang Soo Do. Seisan was considered “the eighth wonder of the world” because of his unusual power and ability. Versions of Seisan taught today have roots in Shuri-te, Naha-te and Tomari-te streams of karate that is the karate that was traditionally taught in the Okinawan sisan of ShuriNaha and Tomari respectively.
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 as the moon revolves around the earth. This is the second of the three kata of Pangai-noon learned and then taught by Kanbun Uechi. It contains techniques performed under full tension through the range of motion, as well as strong fast techniques. OkinawaRyukyu Kingdom.