Article by Emanuel Giordano
There are many versions of the Kusanku kata attributed to Yabu sensei, but not all of them are identical. Before listing the various versions, citing their sources, it is good to remember that this is mainly due to two important factors:
- as amply demonstrated in previous articles, Yabu sensei was anything but a conservative. In fact, he actively participated in the modifications of school Karate, that is, Karate that was taught in Okinawa's schools mainly thanks to the work of Itosu sensei. Over time, therefore, his Karate and related kata were modified and simplified over and over again. See the articles: THE EVOLUTION OF PINAN SHODAN AT SHIHAN CHUGAKKO; THE PASSAI (BASSAI DAI) OF MIYAGI HISATERU; THE FINAL VERSION OF PINAN NIDAN; THE KUSANKU (KANKU DAI) OF MIYAGI HISATERU; STUDY ON THE DIFFUSION OF GOJUSHIHO IN THE VARIOUS SCHOOLS; JION: BRIEF ANALYSIS OF THE VARIOUS VERSIONS; ABOUT THE INTRODUCTION OF THE TSUKI-UKE; KUSANKU SHO: COMPARISON BETWEEN THE TWO MAIN VERSIONS.
some of the people who studied with Yabu sensei also studied with other teachers, who may have inspired some changes to the kata learned from Yabu sensei.