Received the following email from Ron Shively. Thought your forum would be a good place to discuss his theories.
Sir: After watching your video, I contacted some other chinese stylists I knew who possibly gave me some insight into what I was watching. After watching other goju ryu katas, I was able to see that Miyagi used his
version of suparempai as the "mother" kata for his other forms such as geksai, tensho,
As a chinese stylist I know that traditional T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Pa-kua ch'ang,hsing-I ch'uan and some older forms of southern shaloin are interlinkable. That is the forms are able to be performed continually as a continious
drill format. Also, that there are several sub forms/katas that are derived from the
longer versions. The sub katas are also linkable as shorter, continuous drills.
Is it possible that the suparempai form that is considered "lost" isn't actually lost, but is really nothing more than the combined katas of sanchin, seisan, and sanseiru together in different amounts? That possibly it isn't really lost. that we were given 3 different pieces to a puzzle and that the
"lost" kata and/or mother kata to the system exists when all three are combined in some format? That all that is really needed is to put the pieces together in proper order?
Alot of chinese instructors use this approach over direct explanation. The same way that striking and grappling are taught separately. Many of them are waiting to see just who is smart enough to put the pieces together.
Thanks again for your prompt service