Gankaku-Sho

English Translation: Crane on a Rock (the lesser)


Original Okinawan Name: none


Information: Gankaku-Sho is a very traditional Japanese/Okinawan style kata from Tomari-te Shorin-Ryu. Unlike the more commonly seen Gankaku kata of Shotokan (meaning “crane on a rock”), which is performed in a straight line to the front and rear, Gankaku-Sho is performed along a different line of movement (embusen), which is forty-five degrees to the front left and one hundred thirty five degrees to the right rear from the yoi position.


This is said to be the old version of Gankaku and features ten different stances.