|Reversing the grab to use an arm-bar.|
First Seiunchin entry or receiving technique against a wrist grab.
|Trapping the hand to escape a grab.|
Second Seiunchin entry or receiving technique against a wrist grab.
|Dropping back to avoid the push |
and control the arm.
Third Seiunchin entry or receiving technique against a two-handed push.
|Side-stepping to block a push|
and attacking at the same time.
Fourth Seiunchin entry or receiving technique against a two-handed push.
I mentioned in a much older post that Goju kata are composed of combinations or sequences that teach not only the bunkai (or imi-wa) of individual techniques but also the principles of the system. But in order to see any of this, you have to start with the "uke" techniques or the entry techniques. This, I think, may be what was meant by the saying: "Karate Ni Sente Nashi" (There is no first attack in karate). In other words, karate is a system of self-defense and does not initiate a violent or aggressive encounter. But it would also seem to go further than this--that is, the idea seems to be reflected in the techniques of kata. Each sequence or combination of techniques begins with an "uke" or receiving technique, regardless of which of the classical kata you are considering. From there it is easier to understand the "controlling" or bridging techniques, and finally the "finishing" techniques in kata, and in turn the structure of kata. There are, of course, some who dismiss this view of kata, and there are certainly many more who make their names and reputations on finding hundreds of applications for each subtle movement, an infinite variety of techniques or levels of bunkai, if you will. But one should always approach things with an open mind. So here are the five entry techniques of Seiunchin kata.
|Tying up the arms to escape a grab.|
Fifth Seiunchin entry or receiving technique against a wrist grab.