Hironori   Otsuka   was   one   of   the   first   students   of   Gichin   Funakoshi.   As   a   student   of   Jiu   Jitsu   probably   he   found   his   way   to   Funakoshi   by Judo   master   Jiro   Kano,   who   was   highly   interest   in   Karate.   Otsuka   got   master   degree   in   short   time.   After   caming   in   contact   with   Kenwa Mabuni   he   did   start   to   study   Shito   Ryu.   Most   of   the   Wado   Ryu   Kata   are   based   on   Shito   Ryu.   So   he   took   the   5   Heian   Kata   under   their okinawan name Pinan. The Naihanchi is identical to Naihanchin Shodan and far away to be the old original Naihanchi. Same is for Bassai which is Bassai Dai. The Kushanku is identical to Kosokun Dai but also includes some techniques of Kanku Dai. Seishan is identical to Hangetsu. Chinto is similar to Shito Ryu Chinto and is known as the highest Kata of Wado Ryu. This was the fundamental curriculum of Kata of the style. More Kata has been added later. As   Otsuka   made   Wado   Ryu   public   it   was   highly   welcome   in   Japan.   Because   Otsuka   was   Japan,   while   Funakoshi   and   Mabuni   came   from Okinawa. So it was a homegame. Wado Ryu is close to real combat situations. Especially Tai Sabaki plays a main role. The fact that the defense against knife attack is an important part can make as think that street fighting was a theme in Otsuka's work. In his time it was not common to be attacked on the road by traditinal weapons like sword, Bo, Tonfa, Sai. Much more probably was the attack with a knife. In fact a knife is a dangerous weapon. Easy to carry and difficult to defeat. Like   Sokon   Matsumura   the   legendary   grandmaster   of   Shuri-te,   Otsuka   may   have   found   the   conclusion   that   Tai   Sabaki   is   a   good   way   to stand out of the way of any attack. So Wado Ryu seems to be close to the ideas of the okinawan roots. This makes Wado Ryu less attractiv on the sportive scene. And in fact in Kata competition it's plays no role. But for the value of the style this has no meaning. The   interest   on   the   old   way   is   maybe   the   reason   why   some   Wado   Ryu   masters   are   interest   in   old   Kata   which   not   part   of   Wado   Ryu,   like Happoren or Rokkishu. Hironori   Otsuka   changed   the   Kata   of   Wado-Ryu   based   on   his   studies   of   Shotokan   teached   by   Gichin   Funakoshi   and   the   Shito-Ryu   of Kenwa Mabuni. Though the influence of Shito-Ryu is more visible. In the beginning the Pinan Kata, the Naifanchin (Shodan), the Seishan, Kushanku an Chinto was included in the style. More Kata has been added later. In present time some schools using more Kata. Some do Suparimpei. Bassai The Kata is similar to the Shito-Ryu Version. Only the end with Mikazuki Geri, Kosa Uke and the following Yama zukis we find in the Shotokan version Chinto The difference to the Shito-Ryu version is only by the performance of the techniques Jion This Jion is nearly identical the version of Shito-Ryu. But in Wado Ryu style a Gyaku Age Uke has been added. So we see the combination Age Uke, Gyaku Age Uke, Choku zuki instead for Age Uke, Gyaku zuki Jitte Jitte is also in mainpart identical to the Shito-Ryu version. Just the beginning is more similiar to the Shotokan Jitte Kushanku The Kushanku is close to the Kosokun Dai of Shito-Ryu. So it's not to compare with Chantanyara Kushanku. But some movements are done on the way of Shotokan Kanku Dai Naihanchi The Naihanchi ist close to the Naifanchin Shodan. But in some parts, which is especially to see in the combination with Uraken Uchi, it's changed Niseishi The Kata is nearly identical with the Nijushiho of Shotokan. Just the Age Uke with following Gykau Tate Empi is done straight direction instead of the sidewise version of Shotokan Pinan Shodan The Pinan Kata of Wado-Ryu are similiar to the Heian Kata of Shito-Ryu. The differences are less and mainly to see in the stances and movements of the legs. Also the Yoko Uke and Shuto Uke will be done in Jodan area Identical to Shito Ryu Heian Shodan (Shotokan Heian Nidan) Pinan Nidan Identical to Shito Ryu Heian Nidan (Shotokan Heian Shodan) Pinan Sandan Identical to Shito Ryu Heian Sandan Pinan Yondan Identical to Shito Ryu Heian Yondan Pinan Godan Identical to Shito Ryu Heian Godan Rohai This Rohai is identical with the Rohai Shodan of Shito-Ryu Seishan There are nearly no differences between this Seishan and the Hangetsu of Shotokan. It's only the performance of the techniques and more movements done slowy Wanshu The only difference between Wansu and Shotokan Kata Empi is, that after the Gyaku zuki in Kosa Dachi instead for the Ushiro Gedan Barai a Gedan Barai in Zenkutsu Dachi will be done in the same direction as the Gyaku zuki before
Hironori   Otsuka   was   one   of   the   first   students   of   Gichin   Funakoshi.   As a   student   of   Jiu   Jitsu   probably   he   found   his   way   to   Funakoshi   by Judo   master   Jiro   Kano,   who   was   highly   interest   in   Karate.   Otsuka   got master   degree   in   short   time.   After   caming   in   contact   with   Kenwa Mabuni   he   did   start   to   study   Shito   Ryu.   Most   of   the   Wado   Ryu   Kata are   based   on   Shito   Ryu.   So   he   took   the   5   Heian   Kata   under   their okinawan name Pinan. The   Naihanchi   is   identical   to   Naihanchin   Shodan   and   far   away   to   be the old original Naihanchi. Same   is   for   Bassai   which   is   Bassai   Dai.   The   Kushanku   is   identical   to Kosokun Dai but also includes some techniques of Kanku Dai. Seishan is identical to Hangetsu. Chinto   is   similar   to   Shito   Ryu   Chinto   and   is   known   as   the   highest Kata of Wado Ryu. This   was   the   fundamental   curriculum   of   Kata   of   the   style.   More   Kata has been added later. As   Otsuka   made   Wado   Ryu   public   it   was   highly   welcome   in   Japan. Because   Otsuka   was   Japan,   while   Funakoshi   and   Mabuni   came   from Okinawa. So it was a homegame. Wado   Ryu   is   close   to   real   combat   situations.   Especially   Tai   Sabaki plays a main role. The   fact   that   the   defense   against   knife   attack   is   an   important   part can make as think that street fighting was a theme in Otsuka's work. In   his   time   it   was   not   common   to   be   attacked   on   the   road   by traditinal weapons like sword, Bo, Tonfa, Sai. Much   more   probably   was   the   attack   with   a   knife.   In   fact   a   knife   is   a dangerous weapon. Easy to carry and difficult to defeat. Like    Sokon    Matsumura    the    legendary    grandmaster    of    Shuri-te, Otsuka   may   have   found   the   conclusion   that   Tai   Sabaki   is   a   good   way to stand out of the way of any attack. So Wado Ryu seems to be close to the ideas of the okinawan roots. This   makes   Wado   Ryu   less   attractiv   on   the   sportive   scene.   And   in fact in Kata competition it's plays no role. But for the value of the style this has no meaning. The   interest   on   the   old   way   is   maybe   the   reason   why   some   Wado Ryu   masters   are   interest   in   old   Kata   which   not   part   of   Wado   Ryu,   like Happoren or Rokkishu. Hironori   Otsuka   changed   the   Kata   of   Wado-Ryu   based   on   his   studies of    Shotokan    teached    by    Gichin    Funakoshi    and    the    Shito-Ryu    of Kenwa Mabuni. Though the influence of Shito-Ryu is more visible. In    the    beginning    the    Pinan    Kata,    the    Naifanchin    (Shodan),    the Seishan, Kushanku an Chinto was included in the style. More   Kata   has   been   added   later.   In   present   time   some   schools   using more Kata. Some do Suparimpei. Bassai The Kata is similar to the Shito-Ryu Version. Only the end with Mikazuki Geri, Kosa Uke and the following Yama zukis we find in the Shotokan version Chinto The difference to the Shito-Ryu version is only by the performance of the techniques Jion This Jion is nearly identical the version of Shito-Ryu. But in Wado Ryu style a Gyaku Age Uke has been added. So we see the combination Age Uke, Gyaku Age Uke, Choku zuki instead for Age Uke, Gyaku zuki Jitte Jitte is also in mainpart identical to the Shito-Ryu version. Just the beginning is more similiar to the Shotokan Jitte Kushanku The Kushanku is close to the Kosokun Dai of Shito-Ryu. So it's not to compare with Chantanyara Kushanku. But some movements are done on the way of Shotokan Kanku Dai Naihanchi The Naihanchi ist close to the Naifanchin Shodan. But in some parts, which is especially to see in the combination with Uraken Uchi, it's changed Niseishi The Kata is nearly identical with the Nijushiho of Shotokan. Just the Age Uke with following Gykau Tate Empi is done straight direction instead of the sidewise version of Shotokan Pinan Shodan The Pinan Kata of Wado-Ryu are similiar to the Heian Kata of Shito- Ryu. The differences are less and mainly to see in the stances and movements of the legs. Also the Yoko Uke and Shuto Uke will be done in Jodan area Identical to Shito Ryu Heian Shodan (Shotokan Heian Nidan) Pinan Nidan Identical to Shito Ryu Heian Nidan (Shotokan Heian Shodan) Pinan Sandan Identical to Shito Ryu Heian Sandan Pinan Yondan Identical to Shito Ryu Heian Yondan Pinan Godan Identical to Shito Ryu Heian Godan Rohai This Rohai is identical with the Rohai Shodan of Shito-Ryu Seishan There are nearly no differences between this Seishan and the Hangetsu of Shotokan. It's only the performance of the techniques and more movements done slowy Wanshu The only difference between Wansu and Shotokan Kata Empi is, that after the Gyaku zuki in Kosa Dachi instead for the Ushiro Gedan Barai a Gedan Barai in Zenkutsu Dachi will be done in the same direction as the Gyaku zuki before
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