Channan no kata - My theory
As we know, the Pinan kata were developed by Itosu Sensei between 1902 and 1907 and introduced into the Okinawan school system. Like no other, he influenced the development of modern karate.
Besides the Pinan kata, Itosu Sensei developed among others the three Naifanchin kata, the Passai Sho and Kushanku Sho. In my opinion, a significant part the worldwide spread of karate is due to him and thereby the possibility for us to practice this wonderful art.
So, on which basis did Itosu Sensei develop the Pinan kata (and Kushanku Sho)?
It is supposed that Itosu Sensei developed the Pinan kata basing in particular on the Kushanku kata. Because of the length and technical complexity of the Kushanku and other old kata, these forms were unsuitable for pupils and beginners. So, Itosu Sensei allegedly removed many dangerous techniques from the kata, like fingertip strokes in the eyes, in order to make karate suitable to be taught in school lessons. He also reduced the length of the long old kata or split them.
So far, so good! Now I present my assumption regarding Channan:
I plan to publish a book in 2020, treating the Channan no kata. I will describe the Pinan kata and the Kushanku variants of Shudokan and further I will give a more detailed justification regarding the Channan no kata theory. Please be patient while waiting!
10/23/2018 10:29:24 pm
Dear Christian Sensei: It seems after so many years of reading and study on this...I feel I have to agree with you. The study of the Channan Kata seems like like something one has to do...like researching the REAL King Arthur or the search for the Holy Grail. We need more than one lifetime to study our art.
10/24/2018 06:13:57 am
I fully agree with you. The comparison to the Holy Grail is fitting. I have so much information and I am looking forward to sharing my insights.
11/4/2018 09:11:34 am
I agree that Kensei Itosu developed among others the katas listed here. Undoubtedly also Itosu like no other, he influenced the development of modern karate. But in my opinion, he did more wrong than good. Aiming to disseminate karate he simplified it and turn into the role of a toy which currently mostly serves only to earn money. Therefore according to me, we do not owe him anything.
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