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# 009

posted Nov 14, 2012, 11:54 PM by Daniel Wilkins

Continuing with naihanchi and moving on to patsai (passai)...The kata naihanchi-no-go is the shorinryu version of the naha form, sanchin. It is rarely done outside of Okinawa and it is part of the Itosu line. This kata and the naihanchi-no-ju are mostly done during Chibana-ha style demonstrations. A couple of years ago one of my students brought me a video of the kata being performed during a Shorinryu Shidokan taikai on Okinawa. The kata was demonstrated by a Chibana student, K. Shimabukuro. There is one more naihanchi (naifanchi) kata that I learned while living in Japan in 1963. The kata is called Motobu-no-naifanchi. I learned the form from a previous student of Motobu Saru but I did not receive enough formal instruction in the kata to do it justice. Hence, my lack of willingness to offer instruction in this form.

My favorite kata are the patsai series. I teach three patsai kata (Chibana-ha line), patsai no sho, patsai no dai and koryu patsai (also referred to as patsai no guwa). Now this may become a little confusing so bear with me. The kata patsai guwa was the original patsai sho. The present patsai sho (I am a Chibana-ha practitioner) was the original patsai dai. Chibana Dai Sensei learned the kata, Tawada no patsai, from his brother-in-law, Tawada. In 1914 Chibana Dai Sensei demonstrated the kata in front of his teacher, Itosu Ankoh. Itosu was impressed and advised Chibana to preserve the kata in his teaching. Chibana Dai Sensei then move the kata around. The old patsai dai was re-named patsai sho. The Tawada patsai was renamed patsai dai. And the older version of patsai sho was originally re-named patsai guwa and later changed in 1978 to koryru (ancient/old) patsai. The change was made by the late Miyahira Katsuya, the then president of Chibana Dai Sensei's association, the Okinawa Shorinryu Karatedoh Kyokai.

The patsai kata that I have documented include the following: Chibana-no-patsai (as taught by the Zen Nippon Karatedoh Renmei), Tawada-no-patsai, Matsumura-no-patsai, Tomari-no-patsai, Matsumora-no-patsai dai ichi, Matsumora-no-patsai dai ni, Kyan-no-patsai, Motobu-no-patsai, Ishimine-no-patsai, Itosu (shotokan)-no-patsai and Chibana Dai Sensei's patsai sho and dai.