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Itosu Wanshu (糸洲汪輯) Kata

Wanshu (糸洲汪輯, also ワンシュー) The way of writing the name of this kata (汪輯) means “Wang’s Series (or Form)” and refers to the name of the diplomat Wang (1621 – 1689). A poet, calligrapher, diplomat, and martial artist in the Shaolin tradition of Fujian White Crane, he is often credited with teaching chu’an fa to the gentry of Tomari region.

Many karate traditions include a kata bearing the name of Wanshu or a variant (Ansu, Anshu) which vary in schematics but carry certain distinctive similarities. There are two main versions of this kata, Itosu Wanshu and Tomari Wanshu.

Sensei Tanzadeh performing Itosu Wanshu Kata