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Sepai

Eighteen Hands (十八手) Based upon White Crane Kung Fu techniques.  Eighteen being 6x3 (color, voice, smell, taste, touch and justice as in Sanseru) and three representing good, bad and peace. Circular, whipping movements and body evasion (tai sabaki), dropping your body to rise up and push your opponent off balance and feints are all found within this kata.  There are, as in all the other kata, many hidden techniques and movements.  Certain hand techniques require a unique use of certain part of the hand—e.g. performing the gedan furi uchi after swiveling 90° requires the hand to be shaped like it would when one knocks on a door. Watch Higaonna Sensei perform Sepai: