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Wankan

I came across Wankan recently, a Shotokan kata that I’ve never heard mentioned in class or the few books I’ve read.

It’s considered an advanced kata regardless of its brevity. This would be in part due to the stances being more difficult to master.

The kata is slow and deliberate. It has only 16 counts, but many of these are combination-counts. One example of this is the reverse hand block followed by double punch. So far I’ve seen that this kata is intended to fend off one attacker at a time.

My favourite part of the kata is, at the surface, the most mundane part of it: the double forearm block with the three steps and the reverse sword-hand block. When I was practicing this for the first time, an application came to me instantly. If the three steps were shorter than in the actual kata, then the defender could move in a little toward the attacker, step slightly behind them to the attacker’s right (with the defender’s right foot) and throw the attacker down with the left hand. The next move is then ready for a kick.

I’ll try finding a video that shows this application, or make one.

Hangetsu

Its another short / relatively straightforward looking kata that has complex undertones. The first one being getting the stance done properly. This is another video by Kanazawa-sama, and is slightly different to the version we practice.

7 Comments
  1. interisting, i have also not seen this kata before but I have heard the name. You’re right its short and doesn’t look overly complex on the surface. I’ll check my DVD and let you know if its on there, if not im sure we can come up with an application video hehe…

  2. I would love to see more kata on this site!

  3. We’ll try our best. Most videos you can find on youtube, but wankan is one that most people wouldn’t know to look for. I’ll try to expand the list of somewhat obscure Shotokan kata on this page.

    Thanks for the feedback.

  4. I have spent many hours searching for Kata video and putting them in a easy to find format on part of my blog. There is even a video on the “long version” of Wankan. I will provide a link : http://sskckata.blogspot.com/2008/12/shotokan-asai-ryu-kata.html
    Hope this is of interest to you and your many readers, Osu!

  5. shahinda permalink

    last days i was practicing this kata last week and i really enjoyed its moves.

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