Gensei-Ryu Karate is a style of Karate with roots in Shuri-te, one of the three original karate styles of Okinawa Japan.

Characteristics

Shukumine was also known as a philosopher and during the war he learned that to do something unanticipated or unexpected is the secret to victory, whether in a war between two nations or in a mere personal conflict. In other words: the basic philosophy of Genseiryū pursues this idea of doing the unexpected.

Shukumine ruminated on how to apply this idea not only to life but also to Genseiryū Karate and its kata. Eventually he created the basic theory of "Sen, Un, Hen, Nen and Ten." These are the basic principles that make of Genseiryū a three-dimensional karate style:

  • Sen (whirlwind): vertical circular movement of the body axis (rotating, turning).
  • Un (waves): elegant up and down movement in the directions of front and back.
  • Hen (clouds): falling movement in front and back, right and left by your own will.
  • Nen (maelstrom, whirlpool): twisted hand and arm techniques, mainly executed on the spot.
  • Ten (luminous): a technique in an unexpected situation created by front turn, back turn and side turn.

It is "Sansai" that is known widely as a typical kata of Genseiryū with lots of these techniques. Other genuine techniques of Genseiryū are the kicks Ebi-geri (back kick with both hands on the ground and the face close to the ground) and Manji-geri (side kick (mawashi-geri) with head close to the ground and both hands on the ground). Both kicks belong to the so-called Shajo-geri group (leaning body) and are also trained in Taidō. Besides kata, Gensei-Ryu also practices Shihō and Happō (some other styles do too, but not all of them). Shihō translates into 'four directions' and comprises exercises in which a combination of techniques is repeated several times in four different directions (front, back, right and left). This is almost the same with Happō, but it translates into 'eight directions', thus it comprises exercises in eight different directions.

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