Sepai Shito Ryu (kata) video
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Sepai is a Shito Ryu Karate Kata. The standard kanji of Seipai mean “18”. The pronunciation is an Okinawan rendering of the Fujian dialect. “Sei” means 10, and “pai” means 8. It is thought that this name was given because the kata originally had 18 types of movements. Seipai contains a variety of unusual movements and techniques including one that requires the unique use of a fist shaped like it would be when one knocks on a door (called “hiraken” in Japanese).
Kanryo Higaonna brought Seipai kata back from Fuzhou where he learned the form from Ryu Ryu Ko. However a comparison1, 2 with Goju-ryu’s sister school, Tou’on-ryu, the school of Higaonna’s most senior student Juhatsu Kyoda suggests strongly that only 4 kata were brought back by Higaonna, namely Sanchin, Sanseiru, Seisan and Suparinpei.The kata is largely “symmetrical” in its use of left and right as is the case with the other “Miyagi” Goju-ryu kata.
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