The most common source of the KMA striking martial arts founders was the shotokan. Shotokan Karate is a deriative of Okinawan Shurite, and the basis of all Shurite is a very special form (or Kata/Hyung) called Naihanchi or Naifanchi in Okinawan. Gichin Funakoshi renamed it "Tekki" when he brought Karate to Japan. In Korean it is known as Chulgi. It is a very old Kata thought to be Chinese in origin and possibly brought to Okinawa by the legendary "Bushi" Matsumura. Others say that it was practised in Okinawa even before "Bushi" Matsumura was born, but we can safely say that it was practised from Matsumura lifetime and onwards.
|Choki Motobu performing Naihanchi Shodan. Note that the technique also appears in our Keumgang Poomsae.|
I learned this form to understand where Taekwondo came from. I soon came to understand how application rich this short form is and I can now fully apreciate why so many of the old master choose to devote most of their study to this form. The techniques in this form still exist in the Taekwondo pomsae allthough they are scattered around in different poomsae.
My version of performing the form is not uniquely Korean style but rather a synthesis of how many of the Karate styles perform it today, as well as my study of the writings of Choki Motobu. Also my own experinces came into play. Anyhow I hope you enjoy watching it, and if you want to learn it I advice you to study the writings of Gichin Funakoshi, Choki Motobu and if you do not have to have a Korean way of performing it but rather making it personal, see how all of the different Karate styles are performing it and find something in between or study the applications and make your own way of performing:)
I hope to provide some of my own applications on a later post:)