Friday, 3 July 2015


Sagiashi is one of the stances found in Goju-ryu karate, and its presence can be seen as a clear link between traditional Okinawan karate and its deeper roots in the "white crane" style of kung fu from China. ("Sagi" means "crane" in Japanese.)

Although the stance does not technically appear in any of the Goju-ryu kata, it can be said to occur naturally when delivering a kansetsugeri from the nekoashidachi stance, as in the kata Kururunfa. Kansetsugeri is sometimes translated as "dislocation kick," as it targets one's opponent's knee, as is shown in more detail here.

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