The name Gankaku (or 岩鶴 in Japanese) is composed of two Kanji characters. The first one ( 岩 ) means ‘rock’, and the second one ( 鶴 ) means ‘crane’. Combined, the common interpretation of this name is a ‘crane standing upon a rock’ (on one leg). In the video embedded below (recorded on 26 June 2023), budoka Johan Oldenkamp, a former national runner-up from the Netherlands, performs this Crane on the Rock kata of Shotokan ( 松濤館 ) Karate-do ( 空手道 ).

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