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Wankan (王冠) (Japanese: "King's Crown" or "Emperor's Crown") (also called Okan) is a kata practiced in many styles of Karate. Not much is known about the history of this kata. It originates from the Tomari-te school and in modern karate is practiced in Shorin-ryu, Shito-ryu, Shotokan, Genseiryu and Matsubayashi-ryu.

It is often considered an advanced kata, despite its brevity. Karate master Shoshin Nagamine considered wankan to be his favorite kata. A quote from his book describes the kata as "Being characterized by unitary sequences of attack and defense".[1]

Wankan is also known as Matsukaze (松風 or "pine tree wind") in some schools of karate.[2]


  1. ^ The Esscence of Okinawan Karate-Do, First Edition, Charles E. Tuttle Company, by Nagamine Shoshin, p.171, ISBN 0-8048-1163-6
  2. ^ Essential Shorinjiryu Karatedo, First Edition, Charles E. Tuttle Company, by Masayuki Kukan Hisataka, p. 151, ISBN 0-8048-1953-X

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