Oldest Passai kata - Shimabuku Passai

The oldest form of kata Passai

I came across an interesting article by sensei Robert Teller that the this footage of kate Passai is one of the oldest forms of this kata. His teacher Masonobu China told him that this kata goes back at least 200 years in the village of Shimabuku.

When you look into the movements you can see that all the main sequences and techniques are there in a slightly different order – sagurite, yama uke, harai uke, moroto age uke, sokuto geri …

Masanobu Kina

To the left is Masanobu China sensei, and the right is Matsutaro Ire. Ire sensei taught Chinese cinemas (techniques).

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