Seiunchin

Seiunchin, Goju, Karate, Lessons, Vancouver, BC, Mario McKenna

When I was studying Goju-ryu one of my least favorite kata was seiunchin. It always seemed to be an “odd duck” compared to the rest of the Goju-ryu kata. The more I practiced it, the more I disliked it as I felt it was far too internal for my liking. With the wisdom of hindsight, I see that there is a lot of value to this kata and in many respects it epitimizes the ideas of strength and supplty that embody Goju-ryu far better than any other kata. Perhaps this is why Miyagi Chojun, during one period of his life, emphasized it among his students after learning san chin.

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