How to Practice the Sai Kata Rokusai / Sai dai Ichi on Video

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The above video shows a practice session of the basic kobudo sai kata, Rokusai. While we call this kata Rokusai in our dojo it is also known as Sai dai Ichi (first Sai form) in Matsubayashi-ryu. Rokusai or Sai dai Ichi features a repeating series of basic sai blocks and strikes.

It is useful to periodically video your practice sessions in order to review your performance and continue to improve. As such, this video is intended as a work in progress snapshot in time rather than as a perfect example.

The next post includes a freeze-frame step-by-step breakdown of all the moves in this sai kata.


Soke Takayoshi Nagamine Teaching Sai dai Ichi

Below is a video of Soke Takayoshi Nagamine teaching Sai dai Ichi in a home. Based on this video, it looks like our Rokusai has remained very close to the original, but does have a few slight differences from the original Sai dai Ichi.

And here is a performance of Sai dai Ichi by a young Takayoshi Nagamine.

Other Versions of Sai dai Ichi

There are a number of different versions of Sai dai Ichi (first sai kata). Some are based on Kyan no Sai which has some similar moves. Below is a video of Soke Takayoshi Nagamine performing Kyan no Sai.

In the next video Sensei Lara Chamberlain demonstrates a slightly different version of Sai dai Icihi.

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