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Pyong Ahn Sa Dan

Pyong Ahn hyeong

The pyong ahn hyeong are a series of five forms cognate in many ways to the pinan kata series of karate. They were developed by Itosu, an Okinawan practitioner of Te and mentor of Funakoshi Gichin. These forms were designed as training forms for Kong Sang Koon (Kusanku). For a more comprehensive description of these hyeong see Pinan Kata.

Pyong Ahn Sa Dan
This form starts out much like Pyong Ahn Ee Dan, except that where Pyong Ahn Ee Dan has closed fists on its first blocks, Pyong Ahn Sa Dan has open hands. It is cognate to the Shotokan kata Pinan Yondan.

The phrase “pyong ahn” is often translated as “well-balanced” and “peaceful.” These forms are usually taught after the gicho hyeong. These forms were reorganized from their original style(called “Jae-Nam”) in approximately 1870 to their present style. These forms show the influence of the southern China martial art style.

The Pyung Ahn hyeong are often referred to as the “turtle forms”. The turtle is well balanced, calm, and peaceful (pyung) and with its shell as its major means of defence, the turtle likely feels safe, confident, and comfortable (ahn).

Source: Wikipedia

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