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Seisan is named after the famous Southern Chinese boxer. He lived on Okinawa from 1588 to 1600. He came to the island to teach boxing on orders from the king of China. Seisan was referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World by Okinawans because of his unusual power and ability.


Seiuchin was named after the Southern Chinese boxing master of the same name. The kata probably came to Okinawa by Kanro Higashionna. His top student was Chojun Miyagi . The two masters went on to develop Goju-ryu. Shimabuku learned the kata from Miyagi.


Naihanchi's origins are unknown, as is its creator. It is named after the city or district of Naha. There are three different versions of this kata. Soshu Matsumora taught this kata to Choki Motobu and Chotoku Kyan . Both of these Shorinryu masters taught Shimabuku.

This kata was designed to emulate a fight up against a wall. It is known for its Iron Horse stance.

This kata may have been brought to Okinawa in 1683 by a Chinese envoy named Wanshu. Shimabuku learned Wansu from one of his Shorinryu masters.

This kata was developed by Okinawan practitioners after it was brought to the island in 1761 by a man named Kusanku. Shimabuku learned kusanku from Kyan . It was one of Kyan's favorite katas.


Sanchin means three wars. When performing this kata, the karate-ka must battle three internal wars. These wars are with their breathing, stance and sight. Shimabuku learned the kata from Master Miyagi.


Tokumine No Kun
Urashi No Kun
Shi Shi No Kun
Kusanku Sai
Chatan Yara No Sai
Hama Higa Nu Tuifa