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Seiyunchin



Seiunchin (Marching Far Quietly)

Seiunchin's origin lies in the internal system of Wu-shu, Hsing-I. Seiunchin direct translation through time has been lost, but many Goju-Ryu Karateka refer to it as Marching far Quietly. Seiunchin is a unique kata because only hand techniques are used. An advanced Kata, Seiunchin works a lot on the shiko dachi and incorporates strike such as the back fist and elbow. Along with Sesan, Seiunchin is the other training Kaishu of Meibukan Goju-Ryu, which is best, suited for a smaller man with less physical power. Many times in the Kata techniques are performed with the other hand used as re-enforcement!

Seiunchin (Calm before the Storm)

Seiunchin has been said to mean "marching far quietly" or "pulling", depending on the interpretation. It is a very old Chinese kata, and it's origins are probably in the Hsing-I internal system. All of the movements are hand techniques with no kicks, a very unusual feature. It is in the tiger series of Katas.

Seiunchin kata was developed in China and brought to Okinawa by Kanryo Higaonna Sensei in the late 1800's. Seiunchin origin lies in the internal system of Wu-shu, Hsing-I. An advanced kata, Seiunchin works on the shiko dachi and incorporates strikes such as the back fist and elbow. Seiunchin is a unique kata because only hand techniques are used.

Seiunchin is considered to be one of the two training kata of Goju-ryu. Dai Sensei Meitoku Yagi feels that the two training kata of Goju-ryu (Seisan and Seiunchin), must be studied thoroughly in order to understand Goju-ryu.

Seiunchin - Marching Far Quietly

Yoi - heiko dachi
1 step forward 45° migi shiko dachi - hands meet in front of belt, scoop up then morote gedan uke
2 same stance - migi sukui uke, sink with hidari nukite uchi
3 step forward 45° hidari shiko dachi - scoop hands up the morote gedan uke
4 same stance - hidari sukui uke, sink with migi nukite uchi
5 step forward 45° migi shiko dachi - scoop hands up the morote gedan uke
6 same stance - migi sukui uke, sink with hidari nukite uchi
7 migi suri ashi sanchin dachi - migi chudan reinforced baby knuckle punch
8 step back hidari sanchin dachi - hidari sukui uke, migi hiji ate
9 step right 45° migi sanchin dachi - reinforced migi yoko uke
10 step forward hidari shiko dachi - hidari gedan tsuki step back migi sanchin dachi - migi gedan uke
11 step left 45° hidari sanchin dachi - reinforced hidari yoko uke
12 step forward migi shiko dachi - migi gedan tsuki step back hidari sanchin dachi - hidari gedan uke
13 step back migi shiko dachi - archer's block
14 step back hidari shiko dachi - archer's block
15 step forward migi sanchin dachi - trap, suri ashi migi sanchin dachi - migi uraken uchi
16 turn right rear 45° hidari sanchin dachi - hidari yoko uke, migi gedan uke
17 step forward migi shiko dachi - hidari shotei uke, migi age tsuki... hiji ate
18 same stance - migi gedan uke
19 step back hidari shiko dachi - hidari gedan uke
20 shift to migi nekoashi dachi - migi jodan hiji ate
21 suri ashi back to hidari nekoashi dachi - hidari jodan hiji ate
22 turn left rear 45° migi sanchin dachi - migi yoko uke, hidari gedan uke
23 step forward hidari shiko dachi - migi shotei uke, hidari age tsuki... hiji ate
24 same stance - hidari gedan uke
25 step back migi shiko dachi - migi gedan uke
26 shift to hidari nekoashi dachi - hidari jodan hiji ate
27 suri ashi back to migi nekoashi dachi - migi jodan hiji ate
28 suri ashi migi sanchin dachi - hidari shotei uke... shotei uchi, migi uraken uchi
Yame - right leg comes up to musubi dachi


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