Okinawan Hakutsuru (White Crane) Kempo is a self-defense system that originated in China. It was passed down to Okinawa over the centuries via various Chinese instructors who visited and/or lived on the island.
The style includes hand techniques that include nerve attacks, throwing, and joint manipulation. The basic principles of the style are quick footwork, rapid arm movements, precise attacks and a combination of soft and hard techniques, all used to defeat opponents of superior strength or size.
The system studied at the Goshinkan International Hombu Dojo has its roots in China. However, this system was passed down through the lineage of Bushi Matsumura, the famous Okinawan martial arts master and Royal bodyguard. Other crane forms were also passed down by Gokenki, a Chinese tea merchant who taught the Hakutsuru system in Okinawa in the early 20th century.
The Okinawan Hakutsuru Kempo system taught at the Goshinkan has the following lineage:
These kata are the foundation of the art. They are easy to learn, yet take years to master. This portion of training also covers the basics of internal energy development.
Oso Hakutsuru Sho
Oso Hakutsuru Dai
Oso Hakutsuru San Hee
Ryuto Chiken – “Family’s Internal Energy Fist”. The fifth in the Energy Kata Series.
Rokishu – “Six Winds Fist”. Foundational kata of Chinese boxing.
Nipaipo – “Monk’s Kata”. Legendary fighting kata from Chinese Monk Nipai.
Okaku – “Master’s Crane Form.”