Martial Arts Wisdom



Saifa

Saifa kanji


Saifa means "smash and tear" and is of Chinese origin, brought back to Okinawa by Kanryo Higaonna.

To the junior and even some black belt students Saifa appears to be the simplist of the advanced katas. The simplicity and relative shortness of the form belie the depth of this form. There is a wealth of bunkai to be found in this kata including a significant number of advanced jujutsu techniques.