Kyokushin Karate Kata, Seienchin

征遠鎮  Seienchin

Seienchin means conqueror and subdue over a distance, or attack the rebellious outpost. From the characters Sei , meaning subjugate or attack the rebellious, En , meaning distant, and Chin , meaning tranquilize.  In feudal Japan, Samurai warriors would often go on expeditions lasting many months, and they needed to maintain their strength and spirit over a long period of time.  This kata is long and slow, with many techniques performed from Kiba Dachi 騎馬立ち(horseback stance).  The legs usually become very tired in this kata, and a strong spirit is needed to persevere, instead of giving up.  The word Seienchincan also means to pull in battle.


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