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Saifa (kanji:砕破, katakana:サイファ) is a kaishugata (kata) of Gōjū-ryū karate. According to the International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation, this kata is taught third,[1] after Gekisai Dai Ichi and Gekisai Dai Ni, and preceding the heishugata Sanchin. It is likewise taught third in the Meibukan tradition.[2] The name is variously translated as "smash and tear",[3] "pound and pulverize",[1] or "tearing and breaking ground".[2] This name might refer to the striking techniques which prioritize closed fist strikes such as back fist or hammer fist strikes, as well as simple grabbing techniques.


  1. ^ a b Kennedy, Kevin. "International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-do Federation – Kata". Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  2. ^ a b "IMGKA - Kata". Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  3. ^ "The 12 Kata of Goju-Ryu". Retrieved 2019-10-28.