The original name of gankaku is Chintō.

In the styles Wadō-ryū, Shōrin-ryū and Shitō-ryū it is still called this today. The name "gankaku" (crane on the rock) comes from the often used stance Tsuru ashi dachi. The stance on one foot is reminiscent of a crane standing on one leg. The elegance of this kata is expressed especially through the extraordinary movements. It teaches balance, and through the constant changes of rhythm - waiting calmly for the right moment to then act explosively - it conveys the superiority of a relaxed state of mind (in the tsuru ashi dachi stance).

The first turn to 180° is particularly demanding: although one moves forward, onto the left leg, the body weight should not be brought forward accordingly, the upper body should remain where it is in kokutsu dachi (standing). This is only made possible by a very quick turn.

In principle, Gankaku is comparable to Empi: The kata should be executed in a light/dynamic manner.

Duration: about 60 seconds

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