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Pyong Ahn Sam 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 Sam Dan
The third of the pyong ahn series, this is also the shortest. While the forms before it involve an I-structure for movement, this form instead goes along an inverted T-structure, cutting out several counts. Its series of outside-inside kicks to sideways elbow strikes and hammerfist strikes is its most recognizable feature. It also ends with a yell.

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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