Wednesday, November 11, 2015




This time we didn't do jiyu kumite.

NY was teaching some of us Kanku-sho.  However, we didn't have enough time to go all the way through it.

Kankudai - Three of us brown belts did Kanku-dai in tournament style.  Muto-sensei gave us some advice when we were done.

Advice: Do the moves appropriate to your height.  So, if you are tall, you don't have to block do that two handed cross block thing towards the end of kanku-dai with your hands extended all the way.  And if you are short, you might have to raise your hands up higher.  Do the moves as if there was an actual opponent there.

Kanku-sho has 39 moves.  NY showed us up to move 33.  It shouldn't be too hard to memorize.  This is the second time I've seen it.  But I have never worked all the way through it.

Apparently, many kata videos on YouTube are pirated from DVDs.  There are also many videos of kata performed at tournaments.  From now on I will be careful not to link to possibly copyrighted material.
Paul Walker of Shotokan Sensei, however, has uploaded many instructional videos to his YouTube channel.   Here is one for Kanku-sho.