Kanshiwa by Masami Sensei
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Shihan Masami Kinjo (Takayama) is well known in the Koburyu world.
8th degree black belt (Kyoshi), she is a former Pro Dancer and support her husband in every exhibition, seminar and lessons.
I had the luck to meet her in 2019 when Kinjo sensei went to France for 3 seminars, at that stage my Japanese was too weak to exchange a lot with her but only with some words I discovered a fantastic woman always keen to support every student in his learning path.
Kanshiwa (完子和 ) is the second Kata of the Uechi-Ryu system which is the system used for the Koburyu Karate.
Even if this kata is considered as elementary kata, it is a kata that can be easily understood by non Uechi-Ryu practitioners.
Kanshiwa is focusing on circular block with different combination (Punch, Kick, Elbow strike, ….) and is introducing specific Uechi-Ryu Punch called Shoken Tsuki.
As already said in the Koburyu school we have 3 levels of performance for each kata :
- Shokyu (昇級) for beginners
- Chukyu (中級) intermediate intermediate
- Jokyu (上級) for advanced practitioners
In this video Masami sensei is demonstrating the first level of execution of Kanshiwa kata giving some points of attention: