This is something that has been discussed on my Facebook page before, but I wanted to go into more depth with it. Most traditional martial arts have been dumbed down. Karate applications (Kata bunkai) were dumbed down when the Okinawans decided to introduce it into their school system in the late nineteenth century. This dumbed down version was taught to the Japanese and from there to the Koreans. Continue reading “Kata Bunkai for Shorin Ryu Pinan Shodan (Heian Nidan)” »
Here is a very interesting kata bunkai video from www.ikigaiway.com. They look at the opening sequence of Pinan Shodan (Heian Nidan in Shotokan Karate and Won Hyo in Teakwondo). They start of with simple explanations which beginers can easily get to grips with, then condencing the timing and movement to give a more effective application.
Ikigaiway appear to be Okinawan based Kenpo Karate and look like they’ve got a lot to teach. Be sure to check them out at: www.ikigaiway.com.
In the clip below, we look at some applications from the opening sequence of Heian Nidan/Pinan Shodan/Won Hyo. We don’t say that this is necessarily the best or only interpretations for these moves, it just our take on it. Although Heian Nidan and Pinan Shodan are in effect the same kata (just named differently in different styles) and Tae Kwon Do’s Won Hyo pattern is closely based on it; Chum Kiu is essentially quite different. It is the second form from the Wing Chun Kung Fu system.
However, some of the moves in Chum Kiu quite closely resemble the opening sequence of Heian Nidan/Pinan Shodan, although is performed quite a bit more tightly.
Is this surprising to find such similarities?
Not at all. Tae Kwon Do is largely based on Karate and Karate is largely based on Kung Fu. The nearest part of China to Okinawa (where Karate developed) is Fukien Provence and it is known that White Crane Kung Fu was particularly popular in that area. Wing Chun Kung Fu is based mainly on the Snake and the Crane, so there is a common lineage.
Anyway, we hope you enjoy our short video: