With no less than 65 movements, Kanku-Dai is the longest, but it's certainly not the hardest to achieve.
Kanku-Dai is very special for mebut I'll talk about it a little further ...
Kanku-Dai was created to 1760 by a Chinese named "Kung Hsiang Chun" who calls himself "Kushanku" in Okinawa. Kushanku is also the original name of Kanku-Dai, kept by Wado-Ryu. In Japanese, it was also called Kosokun.
Kanku-Dai was one of the favorite kata of Master Funakoshi who called him Kanku which means " the look towards the sky". No doubt because of the 1er movement of the kata which consists in raising the hands in front of oneself "towards the sky" by accompanying them with the look.
Apart from the fact that it is long 65 techniques (by comparison Heian Shodan only has 21!), Kanku Dai is very difficult to achieve for the good and simple reason that it has served largely as a basis for the creation of the Heian. So if you practice your heian regularly, you will have no trouble doing Kanku-Dai. It's a bit like doing different 3 Heian as a result, it's long but not very difficult technically.
Kanku Dai - Technical Description
We will now move on to the technical description of Kanku Dai:
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What makes Kanku-Dai so special to me?
I particularly like Kanku Dai because it always brings me back to my karate debut. Ah, good?
Yes, you will believe me if you want but Kanku Dai is the very first Kata that I learned, not because I wanted to skip steps, but simply because I arrived at the club in December and that Tonioour teacher was teaching it.
So I learned Kanku Dai before the Heian and to be honest it helped me a lot to learn the Heian thereafter. Well, I do not specifically advise to do this because I think it's better not to grill the steps but here is my personal story. That said, I probably had to peel a little with my white belt (I'll tell you an anecdote about it in the video :-)), but I really enjoyed myself and this is especially important ... to please by learning!
Now it's time for you to put on a kimono and join me on the video. I advise you to warm up well with the ABC of warm-ups and especially to catch your breath, you will need it. 65 techniques is still long 😉
That's it, I sincerely hope you enjoyed learning from Kanku-Dai. Do it again very often, it will allow you to keep fit, on the one hand because it makes work your endurance, but also because Kanku Dai, for purely physical work is really very complete.
But for now, before taking a shower ...
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