Chojun Miyagi was said to have learned Saifa from Kanryo Higaonna who studied White Crane Kung Fu in Fuzhou, China for ten years under Ryo Ryo Ko. While many of the techniques appear in White Crane forms, there is no form in modern White Crane Kung Fu which is recognizably Saifa.
The second section of the kata can be seen in traditional Fukien White Crane forms. It is also the posture of the Busaganashi, a statue of a deity which Chojun Miyagi brought back from his travels in China. The Busaganashi stands in the Jundokan dojo to this day.