The Fukyugata were created as basic kata that were easier to learn for beginners than the previously existing kata. Fukyugata Ichi is the first basic form. This kata was created by Shoshin Nagamine, the founder of Matsubayashi-ryu along with Fukyugata Ni which was created by Chojun Miyagi the founder of Goju-ryu. In 1940 the Fukyugata were authorized to be the formal basic kata by the special committee of Okinawa karate-do.
These videos are part of an advanced study project I took on as a Yondan and Renshi to video document the full set of 18 Matsubayashi Ryu kata.
These kata are based on the versions described in Shoshin Nagamine’s book: