Kanku Dai

Kanku-Dai (Kwanku)

Look to (or View) the Sky - the Greater

Kata History

 

Kanku Dai was a favourite Kata of Master Funakoshi. The Kata was used by Master Itosu (one of Master Funakoshi's teachers) to create the five Heian Kata.

The word Kanku means 'Look to (or view) the sky', and comes from the opening sequence where the Karate-ka raises both hands, with finger and thumb of each hand touching to provide a triangular-shaped opening. As both hands are raised, the Karate-ka follows the movement with their eyes (keeping the head still) until the hands are aloft and the sky (or ceiling!) can be clearly seen. By the time this slow movement is complete, the student should achieve a state of inner calm and readiness, in preparation for the rest of the Kata.

The Moves

 

The Kata exercises the following moves and stances, in sequence, and takes around 90 seconds to complete at high speed:

 

Count

Move

Stance

 

Rei

Msubi Dachi

 

Yoi

Uchi Hachiji Dachi

1

Awase Kaisho Age Uke

Shizentai

2

Gedan Shuto Uke

Shizentai

3

Hidari Kaisho Haiwan Uke

Kokutsu Dachi

4

Migi Kaisho Haiwan Uke

Kokutsu Dachi

5

Migi Nukite

Shizentai

6

Hidari Chudan Tate Shuto Uke

Shizentai

7

Migi Chudan Zuki

Shizentai

8

Migi Chudan Uchi Uke

Shizentai (Hanmi)

9

Hidari Chudan Zuki

Shizentai

10

Hidari Chudan Uchi Uke

Shizentai (Hanmi)

11

Uraken Uchi + Yoko Geri Keage

(Facing to back of Dojo)

12

Hidari Chudan Shuto Uke

Kokutsu Dachi (to front)

13

Migi Chudan Shuto Uke

Kokutsu Dachi (stepping forward)

14

Hidari Chudan Shuto Uke

Kokutsu Dachi (stepping forward)

15

Te Osae Uke

(Stepping forward)

16

Migi Chudan Nukite (KIAI)

Zenkutsu Dachi

17

Turn, into Migi Jodan Shuto Uke

Zenkutsu Dachi(Facing to back of Dojo)

18

Migi Jodan Mae Geri

 

19

Turn, into Manji Gamae

Kokutsu Dachi (Facing front of Dojo)

20

Hidari Nagashi Uke
Migi Gedan Shuto Uke

Zenkutsu Dachi

21

Hidari Gedan Barai
Migi Hikite

Pulling back into Renoji Dachi

22

Migi Jodan Shuto Uke
Hidari Kaisho Age Uke

Zenkutsu Dachi

23

Migi Jodan Mae Geri

 

24

Turn, into Manji Gamae

Kokutsu Dachi (Facing back of Dojo)

24

Hidari Nagashi Uke
Migi Gedan Shuto Uchi

Zenkutsu Dachi

25

Hidari Gedan Barai
Migi Hikite

Renoji Dachi

26

(To the left) Hidari Uraken
Hidari Yoko Geri Keage

 

27

Mae Empi

Hidari Zenkutsu Dachi

28

(To the right) Migi Uraken
Migi Yoko Geri Keage

 

29

Mae Empi

Migi Zenkutsu Dachi

30

(To the left) Hidari Chudan Shuto Uke

Kokutsu Dachi

31

(45 degrees to back of Dojo)
Migi Chudan Shuto Uke

Kokutsu Dachi

32

(To the right)
Migi Chudan Shuto Uke

Kokutsu Dachi

33

(45 degrees to back of Dojo)
Hidari Chudan Shuto Uke

Kokutsu Dachi

34

Migi Jodan Shuto Uchi
Hidari Kaisho Age Uke

Zenkutsu Dachi (Facing back of Dojo)

35

Migi Jodan Mae Geri

 

36

Hidari Ossae Uke
Migi Chudan Uraken Uchi

Kosa Dachi

37

Migi Chudan Uchi Uke

(Sliding back) Zenkutsu Dachi

38

Hidari Chudan Gyaku Zuki

(Stay in) Zenkutsu Dachi

39

Migi Chudan Zuki

(Stay in) Zenkutsu Dachi

40

(Turning to front)
Hiza Gamae
Migi Morote Ura Zuki

 

41

(Palms of both hands on floor)

(Long & Low) Zenkutsu Dachi

42

(Turn to rear) Awase Gedan Shuto Uke

Kokutso Dachi (Facing back of Dojo)

43

Migi Chudan Shuto Uke

(Step forward into) Kokutsu Dachi

44

(To the right)
Hidari Chudan Uchi Uke

Hidari Zenkutsu Dachi

45

Migi Chudan Gyaku Zuki

Zenkutsu Dachi

46

(To the left)
Migi Chudan Uchi Uke

Migi Zenkutsu Dachi

47

Hidari Gyaku Zuki

Zenkutsu Dachi

48

Migi Chudan Zuki

Zenkutsu Dachi

49

Hikite Gamae (Facing back of Dojo)

Pull back foot half pace forward

50

Uraken Uchi
Yoko Geri Keage

(To back of Dojo)

51

(Turn into) Hidari Chudan Shuto Uke

Kokutsu Dachi (Facing front of Dojo)

52

Osae Uke, step into
Migi Chudan Nukite

Zenkutsu Dachi

53

Hidari Jodan Uraken Uchi (to front)

(180 degree spin into) Kiba Dachi
(facing front of Dojo)

54

Hidari Chudan Tettsui Uchi (to front)

(Stay in) Kiba Dachi

55

Hidari Sokumen Empi Uchi

(Stay in) Kiba Dachi

56

Hidari Hikite Gamae

(Turn head to back of Dojo, but
stay in) Kiba Dachi

57

Migi Gedan Barai

(Stay in) Kiba Dachi

58

(Turn into) Hidari Fumikomi Geri
Hidari Tetsui Uchi

(Land in) Kiba Dachi (facing right)

59

Ryo Ude Mashi Uke

(Stay in) Kiba Dachi

60

Migi Otoshi Zuki

(Stay in) Kiba Dachi

61

Jodan Kaisho Juji Uke

Shizentai

62

Pull hands down, changing to fists

(Slow turn into) Zenkutsu Dachi
(Facing back of Dojo)

63

Hidari Chudan Tobi Geri, and
Migi Jodan Tobi Geri

 

64

(Land into) Migi Chudan Uraken Uchi

(Zenkutsu Dachi (Facing back of Dojo)

65

(Low turn) Sekui Uke

(Into) Kiba Dachi (Facing front of Dojo)

66

Awase Sekui Uke

(Into) Shizentai

 

Yame

Uchi Hachiji Dachi

 

Rei

Msubi Dachi