COMMON | HISTORY | TECHNIQUE IN FINLAND | ASSOCIATION TODAY
The style has eight principal katas:
- Pinan 1-5
- Naifanchi 1-3
Katas are derived from traditional Okinawan forms.
In addition to these katas we practice:
- Four different versions of kihon-katas:
- Chi-no kata (Earth)
- Kuu-no kata (Air)
- Ten-no kata (Sky)
Matsuoi-sensei developed kihon-katas for use in karates and kobudos basic training.
In addition formal kumite techniques are practised
- Yakusoku-kumites (37 in all, equivalent to other styles ippon- ja nihon-kumitea)
- Zaho techniques (defending from kneeling position)
- Oyokumitet (pair techniques developed by Matsuoi-sensei especially for boogutsukikumite practice)
- Tankensabaki techniques (defending against knife)
In Shorinji ryu style we practice usage of kobudo weapons and weapon katas.
In Finland we practice a kobudo version developed by Matsuoi-sensei, Shorinji ryu Ryukyu Kobujutsu.
The style is based on the analysis and synthesis of old weapon katas techniques. The biggest difference compared to other kobudo styles is the principal assumption that the opponent nearly always attacks with a sword (katana). Naturally in practice we use wooden swords called bokken.