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Naihanchi is the second kata done at the yellow belt level. Sokon Matsumura is credited with bringing Naihanchi to Okinawa from China. The kata is unique in that it is linear suggesting that it was developed for use on horseback. The meaning of Naihanchi may be obtained by looking to the individual roots:
Nai: nerves/pressure points/dim mak
Han: The Shaolin Master who created the original kata that was introduced to Okinawa.
Chi: energy/spirit/intrinsic power
Thus, a possible meaning of Naihanchi is the ‘Nerve Strikes of Master Han.’ Another translation is ‘Staying and Fighting.’ Funakoshi developed the Tekki (‘Iron Horse’) katas from Naihanchi for the Shotokan system.
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