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The kata Kanku-sho allows the karate-ka the opportunity to develop mobility with its many sliding actions and two very difficult jumps. The subtle changes in distance are useful practice for all aspects of karate training but are especially useful for kumite practice. This is one of the less common advanced kata in the Shotokan style of karate.
The kata is demonstrated by Sensei Joel Ertl.
This video includes:
Introduction and Embusen:
The kata is shown slowly with a general description of the main points. The kata is then demonstrated with the help of animated computer graphics so you can learn the “embusen” (performance line).
Move by Move:
Next the kata is demonstrated close up with verbal explanations to allow the student to follow along.
Detailed Breakdown (broken into three parts):
The most difficult aspects of each kata are then demonstrated from a variety of angles, along with an explanation of the fine points of the movements. Kata applications (bunkai) are also included.
Full Speed Demonstration:
Sensei Ertl demonstrates the kata with the correct speed and tempo.