John Sells (Unante II) describes Ananku (alt. spellings Annanko, Annaku) defined as “Southern Light” as having descended from Kyan, and was taught after he returned from Taiwan in 1927. He describes 3 different versions and variations on them. On the whole I would consider the Ananku kata as one of the shorter Okinawan kata studies.
In my files I find ones from Matsubayshi-ryu, Okinawan Kempo, Dentokan, Shito-ryu Shukokai, each of with is different from the version I know, and each has differences from the other, greater or lesser differences. I also have a very old magazine version done by George Dillman too.
I was taught Annaku by Carl Long, in the Shimabuku Ezio lineage. The source being his student a Mr. Nash from Texas. But Carl also told me there were often two different Shorin systems being taught by Shimabuku Ezio, and I don’t know what the lineage of my version is.
I don’t think it is possible to generically describe these variations application potential. To do so realistically would require a specific defined version for analysis.
In my practice, teaching youth, I utilize Annaku as a development form preparing the students to study Seisan. But that does not imply this exercise is less complex, for part of it is preparation for their study of Chinto kata too, which will be years later.
To further bore all, here is an attempt to describe the Annaku I first learned (teaching it today I utilize only the Isshinryu fundamentals throughout the form)
Annaku as I studied it.
1. Rei and step open.
2. Look to the right, lean away to the left and right side block to the 45 degree corner.
3. Twist both feet to 45 degrees and left reverse punch as the right hand chambers.
4. Look to the left, lean away to the right and left side block to the 45 degree corner.
5. Twist both feet to 45 degrees and right reverse punch as the left hand chambers.
6. Turn head to the left, step into left cat stance with a left side block (now 90 degrees to the left of opening).
7. Facing the left side, Shift the left foot to the left into left front stance, double right then left punch, right front kick and left punch. (these punches are vertical punches)
8. Turn the head to the right, turn into right cat stance with a right side block (180 degrees to the rear)
9. Facing the right side, shift the right foot to the right into right front stance, double left then right punches, left front kick and then left punch (these are vertical strikes)
10. Turn head to the left, step into left cat stance with a left side block (a 90 degree turn from your pervious position, now facing the front).
11. Right foot forward, chamber the left and right lead hand vertical punch to the front.
12. Turn your face 45 degrees to the right.
13. Step behind your right front foot with your left, so your left foot is on the 45 degree to the right line)
14. Spin counter-clockwise with a horizontal right forearm strike into your left open hand (finishing on the right 45 degree angle)
15. Staying on that angle, the right foot steps forward I cat stance with a right side block.
16. Shift the right foot over into right front stance, remain looking down that angle, then left and right punch, left front kick and left punch (these are turning punches)
17. Turn you head 90 degrees to the left (this is looking down a 45 degree angle from the opening position.
18. Step into left cat stance with a left side block.
19. Shift the left foot over into left front stance, remain looking down that angle, then right and left punch, right front kick and left punch (these are turning punches)
20. Turn your head to the left, looking towards 6 o’clock.
21. Your right foot steps back and pivot on your left foot to the left, finishing in left back stance as you deliver a left low block.
22. Right foot steps forward (to the original 6 o’clock), you chamber your left hand and punch (twisting) with your right.
23. Kick back with your left foot and end in a right side cat stance as you face 6 o’clock, and you’ve completed a right side block.
24. Turn your hips to the right, sitting into your stance, then double jump front kick to 6 o’clock, landing in right front stance with a right front low block.
25. Kick back with your left foot and end in a right side cat stance as you face 6 o’clock, and you’ve completed a right side block
26. Turn your head to the left towards 12 o’clock.
27. Step back with your left (behind your right leg) into a right cat stance, and, turn your left open hand over and strike out with a right knife hand block.
28. Step back with your right (behind your left leg) into a left cat stance, and, turn your right open hand over and strike out with a left knife hand block.
29. Step back and Rei
I appologize for any mistakes I've committed writing this. It isn't too easy to describe a kata in words.
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