Short Excerpt Video - Matsukaze history, kata & bunkai
My lineage inherited the kata from Sotokawa sensei who was either exposed to it directly through Kenwa Mabuni and/or Chōjirō Tani (Sotokawa had Mabuni oversee his 3rd Dan test as an indiaction of past direct interactions). In our lineage it is one of the first "advanced" kata (non-pinan) I tend teach and is recommended for use as one option for Shodan level tests (it was in fact my own Shodan choice kata).
Full length Video on Matsukaze Kata & Bunkai
(10min mpeg-4 download video)
The translation for Matsukaze as passed to me has always been ""wind in the pines" and you see various versions of this direct translation from the two kanji, "pine" & "wind". The meaning behind this translation is viewed a number of ways and some more direct examples include & may extend to more than to encapsulate the form:
Beyond these literal kanji interpretations are some (but not my direct instructors) postulations that "Matsukaze" is a martial art reference particularly related to the "jugular region of the throat" (more accurately the carotid sinus). While many moves can involve throat strikes (shuto-uchi, the rapid side-to-side punch segments, potential choke from an "x-block"), I will leave the details of this translation to others.
Brief article by Jason Armstrong, 7th Dan Shito-ryu.