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Published on Jul 29, 2013
The prototype of "HEIAN" is "CHANNAN". "CHANNAN" is presumed to be a name of the general in China that temporarily defected to Okinawa to about middle of the 19th century. To suit the physical education of the school, Anko Itosu (1831-1915)modified KATA learnt from "CHANNAN". Anko Itosu is the master of Gichin Funakoshi(1868-1957). The name was changed into "HEIAN" before long though Itosu called this KATA "CHANNAN" at first. "HEIAN" is a meaning "Peace" in Japanese. It is presumed for "ANAN" "HEIKU" "PAIKU" of Ryuei-ryu to have been handed down from CHANNAN. http://www.japan-karate.com