I was recently reading through Tommy Morris’s 1982 book “Shukokai Karate Kata”. When introducing Seiryu kata he states the following:
quote:Seiryu is an unusual kata, in that it has a slightly different variation for lady practitioners. The first three shiko-dachi stances and arm movements are omitted, and instead she steps forward into zenkutsu-dachi and performs an elbow strike with the palms of the hands facing each other. When the kata is performed by a man, there are a number of techniques performed with dynamic tension and deep breathing ….
I know little about this kata and have never heard of any other kata having male and female versions. The idea seems sensible enough based on differences in anatomy; but is that what is going on here?
I’d be very grateful if anyone who knows this kata can shed some light on its origins and why there are two different versions? A breakdown of the bunkai for the two versions would also be interesting. I’m assuming that the bunkai in the female version is more appropriate to females and vice-versa? As I say, any additional information will be greatly appreciated.