Traditionaly Goju-ryu relies upon many techniques which involve grabbing and
controlling an attacker while striking a vulnerable part of the body. The Kata
Seisan is a perfect example of this principle.
Seisan literally translates as
"thirteen hands". It contains 8 defensive and 5 offensive techniques,
both of which involve a change in direction. Hence the name Seisan. The form
stresses close range fighting using short punching and low kicking techniques
to break through an opponent's defenses.
Seisan is an extremely important Kata
in Goju-ryu and many hours should be given to it for practice. It has a wealth
of knowledge and information contained within it.