katagwa@a... Date: Wed Jun 20, 2001 2:37 pm Subject: "Embusen" the line and path of Isshin-ryu
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"Embusen" - is the path or line of movement
With the exception of naihanchi kata, all Isshin-ryu kata start
and end in the same point.
Embusen is important in kata because it keeps with the Oriental
philosophy of beginning and ending. The old tombs of Okinawa
are called turtle shell tombs because they resemble a turtle,
but on closer examination they are suppose to represent the
womb. Hitoshi explained this to several members on one of our
tours to Okinawa. You are born from the womb and return to the
womb. This can also be seen in the circle. Many times you see
a sumi or black ink painting of a circle and this also represents
beginning and end. So if you are looking for perfection, then
beginning and ending are important.
being equal, the person closest to the start of his kata
will win in a kata contest.
It is important to stay in your embusen in a dojo other
wise you run into another practioner.
Embusen is the path or line of kata. Embusen on a highway
is very important because if you don't follow the correct
path or line of movement, or stay in your lane of traffic
on a highway, guess what!
All styles or sensei do not teach embusen but it does exist.
To make it work, remember that all steps in kata are adjustable.
In the videos I show how embusen and with the exception
of naihanchi kata start and end in the same spot. AJA