Seienchin the Book - History Kata & Bunkai



Seienchin Kata - the Book (Edition 2)
A detailed 154 page book on the history, anatomy & physiology around the karate kata 
and applications of Seienchin: ISBN 978-1-4092-3733-4

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seienchin kata and bunkai karate goju shito-ryu book

  • kata pattern (style comparisons)
  • bunkai for all moves (and variants)
  • chinese moves and origins
  • kanji, history, philosophy
This text is not concerned with minor style differences (comments are of course given with regard to different styles & approaches) as one must remember that as little as 100 years ago the modern karate styles did not exist. Therefore, the focus of this text is on a core embusen (pattern) of the kata Seienchin and its applications - which are style universal & is applicable to Goju, Shito-ryu, Kyokushin & Okinawan styles that work this classic karate kata.

There as an architectural maxim that says form follows function. Many in the modern karate world interpreting kata take the form and try to fit function around the stylized motion i.e. they are having function follow form. 

Originally the kata were formed as icons to archive self defense scenarios and therefore were created on the basis of form following function.

A further irony surrounding Kata is that many people in the martial arts, and Western fighting systems, point to Karate Kata and say that it has nothing to do with real world fighting - when it is in fact Japanese Karate's real tie to full contact street encounters.

A complete study of any kata should involve its history, philosophy, sports & medical physiology & application. 



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Book Contents:
  
1.       Acknowledgements............................................3
 
2.       Preface.............................................................4
 
3.       Bunkai vs. point fighting vs. full contact fighting.....5
3.1.      History of bunkai evolution and kata
3.2.      Jack of all trades and master f none
3.3.      WKF &Shotokan point style systems and their impact on 
            bunkai
3.4.      Combative scenario flow charts for Karate drills
3.5.      Sports physiology & modern competitive point fighting 
             examples and how they may relate to bunkai 
3.6.      Moving beyond just  bock counter
3.7.      How does an organization maintain such a broad 
             knowledge base with true insight into each subcategory 
            of fighting?
4.       Seienchin and the philosophy of the kata.............25
4.1.      Yin and Yang in Seienchin performance
4.2.      Mushin
4.3.      Seienchin performance, Mushin and Joriki
4.4.      Kiai and gKangen no Kiai 
               - Philosophy
              - Physiology
5.       Seienchin History & Lineage...............................39
 
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6.       Stances (Dachi) and Dimensions.........................41

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    7.       Seienchin Kata Pattern and motions Motions........43
 
    7.1.      Seienchin Embusen
    7.2.      The Kata sequence step-by-step
 
    8.      Bunkai...............................................................65
    8.1.      Introductory comments re bunkai form & iconic kata moves
    8.2.      Bunkai options & variants for each section of the kata

             - Applications step-by-step
             - Bubishi and Chinese moves
             - Physiology & Anatomy of most bunkai in detail
             - Blood choke versus air choke
             - Plyometrics
             - Physiology & Anatomy of striking the solar plexus
     10.   Martial arts philosophy commentary re kata and life 
            outside the dojo by Sensei Greg Story from Japan.

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11.   Bibliography.......................................................142
 
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      12.   About the author & suporting editors.....................143
                              
 
About the authors:


Shihan Jason Armstrong, Ph.D. and 6th Dan, has lived in Japan with a Karate master, and has also competed at national and international kumite & at events, in Australian & Pacific championships, US championships, and in Japan.  While living in the USA and Japan he made extensive efforts to cross-train with senior Goju, Shotokan and Okinawan sensei.

Jason has a doctorate in studies of the medical effects of spaceflight (from Kansas State University and the NASA Center for the Commercial Development of Space) and a Master degree in Endocrinology (University ofQueensland).

He has been using the kata Seienchin at competitve levels for over 20 years and continues to today.

The supprting editors include:

Bartholomay Kyoshi 7th Dan, Shito-ryu
Young Sensei, 7th Dan Shotokan
Edwards Sensei, 4th dan Shito-ryu
Ed Mundy, 3rd Dan Shotokan

A. Wetherspoon, 2nd Dan Shito-ryu
G. Scovell, (over 30 years Kyokushin & Shito-ryu)

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