- Seiunchin translates as "war kata"
- Seiunchin has also been translated as "the lull in the storm"
- Seiunchin has also been translated as "the storm within the calm"
Seiunchin Kata Tree
About Seiunchin (制引戦)
Seiunchin gets its name from the second basic Isshinryu stance that is used 14 times throughout the kata. Seiunchin kata begins very slowly and with "ubuki" breathing, and then explodes into full power and extremely fast speed. One characteristic that makes Seiunchin different from any other empty hand Isshinryu kata is that there are no kicks. Seiunchin builds stamina and develops an inner strength. Another interesting characteristic is that it makes use of 2 "archer blocks". Seiunchin kata defends against 6 imaginary opponents attacking from all different angles and uses a total of 3 basic Isshinryu stances: Seisan, Seiunchin, and Cat stance.
Seiunchin introduces the reinforced blocking and striking techniques never before used in Isshinryu karate. This is a rare type of blocking and striking, which is used against an opponent that is much larger and more powerful than the karate-ka. Seiunchin has 2 kiai's: the first is after the karate-ka stops on the opponents foot then performs an uppercut, back fist, and down block; the 2nd kiai is on a downward punch that is hitting the top of the opponents foot and breaking it.
About Seiunchin (制引戦):
By: Joe Swift
The word Seiunchin is written as "Control, Pull, Fight" by many Okinawa Goju-ryu stylists, as well as Isshinryu teacher Uezu Angi (son in law of Shimabuku Tatsuo), perhaps hinting at the various grappling and grabbing techniques contained within. A good example is the "reinforced block" which can actually be applied as a wrist-crushing joint lock (Tokashiki, 1995), and the "archers block," which can be used as a throw (Higaonna, 1981; Kai, 1987).
Otsuka Tadahiko, a Gojuryu teacher who has spent considerable time in China and Taiwan researching the roots of his system, tells us that his research indicates Seiunchin may mean "Follow-Move-Power," which would be pronounced Sui Yun Jin in Mandarin Chinese (Otsuka, 1998). Kinjo Akio says that his research has revealed to him that Seiunchin may be from a Hawk style of Chinese boxing, and mean "Blue-Hawk-Fight," which is pronounced Qing Ying Zhan in Mandarin, or Chai In Chin in Fujian dialect (Kinjo, 1999).
This kata is preserved in many modern styles of karatedo, including Gojuryu, Shitoryu, Isshinryu, Shoreiryu, Kyokushin, Shimabuku Eizo lineage Shorinryu, Ryueiryu, etc.