DVD Gojushiho Kata & Bunkai
The Kata history and meaning is presented, bunkai options for all moves, the kata is performed fast and slow at different angles and includes a slow walk through of the pattern. Selected bunkai are referenced to an evidence based approach related to street, emergency, police & UFC data/statistcs. Provided as revision for the Bassai Dai seminars run in early 2012.
Gojushiho, formerly called Useishi in Okinawa (Sells, 1995), is probably most trained, in terms of numbers of karate-ka around the world, in the two styles of Shito-ryu & Shotokan (thekata is also nick named Hotaku - woodpecker). However, Shorin-ryu and Itosu-kai are two other examples of major styles which carry the kata. These styles all possess this kata due to their heritage with Itosu Ankoh (see also the Itosu article). However, it is Matsumara Sokon (1809 [exact date debated] -1889) who was key in the initial spread of this kata in Okinawa (see WIKI lineage chart). In fact, some argue that he may have been the creator of it. However, its moves and and even name, would suggest it may in fact have arisen from Chinese origins. The various bodies of research around its origins leads one to believe that its origin is somewhere in China, but drawing specifics beyond that would seem to be stretch (as discussed below the name itself sheds some light on this).