THE 5 ANIMALS and TEACHINGS of SHORINJIRYU KENKOKAN KARATEDO
The first teaching stresses the mental state of mizu no kokoro (mind of water), and movement of the tiger (tora no ugoki). This teaching stresses techniques such as the cat stance (neko ashi dachi) with a middle-level Guard (chudan kamae), and attacking movements such as the lunge punch (oi zuki) and the lunge front kick (oi mae geri).
When calm, the surface of water is clear like a mirror.
Aiming for the mental state of hi no kokoro (mind of fire), one should copy the movement of the crane (tsuru no ugoki). As such, the crane stance (tsuru ashi dachi) with an upper-level guard (jodan kamae) is stressed, and the major attacking movements are the twist punch (hineri mae zuki) and the twist front kick (hineri mae geri).
Fire ignites from the sudden spark of two stones colliding.
Dai Sankyo (Third Teaching)
*NOTE* Historically, the movement and strategy of the third teaching were based on that of the leopard (hyo). However, Kaiso Kori Hisataka made a personal study of the movement and strategy of the bull and emphasized this in his teachings. So Shihan Masayuki Kukan Hisataka followed this teaching and incorporated such movement and strategy into the third teaching for Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo.
Through constant effort the earth creates mountains.
Dai Yonkyo (Fourth Teaching)
The fourth teaching emphasizes the mental state of kaze no kokoro (mind of wind), and the movement of the snake (hebi no ugoki). The basic stance is the open-leg defensive stance (sotobiraki jigotai dachi) with the versatile guard (hasso kamae). Attacking movements are the downward knifehand strike (shuto uchi otoshi) and twist roundhouse kick (hineri mawashi geri).
Wind in a forest moves with the sound of a volcano.
Emptiness is the oneness of color.
“Essential Shorinjiryu Karatedo”, Copyright 1994 by Masayuki Kukan Hisataka