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Ananku Kata Meaning

The history of Ananku is comparatively short, and the composer is unknown. (1) Chotoku Kyan either learned the kata form a Taiwanese who visited Okinawa, or brought it back with him following a journey to Taiwan. The term ko or ku may mean elder and that this form may refer to an elder or teacher of Kyan named Anan. It is interesting that practitioners from different schools can use the same kata,and even claim the same origination of the form, yet the movements and performance are virtually unrecognizable. we know Ananku genealogically comes from Chotoku Kyan, yet the Matsubayashi-shorin-ryu version is unique compared to other versions with the same name.

Ananku distinguishes itself by developing offensive and defensive skill using the forward stance. Ananku is the only kata in the Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu kata curriculum where the practitioner moves back to block in the forward stance.

Moreover, the practitioner becomes vulnerable to attack from the opponent. Practitioners of other styles of Karate, particularly the Japanese styles likes Shotokan, learn this skill early in their kata curriculum. In Okinawan Shorin-ryu styles, however, variations of the natural stance are far more commonly used. Therefore, practitioners of Shorin-ryu styles tend to learn to move forward in the natural stance, and from a natural stance to a front stance and vice-versa.

1) http://www.shorin-ryu.com/kata.html