Saifa means “smash and tear” and it’s a Karate Kata. Saifa has its origins in China and was brought to Okinawa by Higashionna. It contains quick whipping motions, hammer fists, and back fist strikes; it particularly emphasizes moving off-line from an opponent’s main force, while simultaneously closing the distance and exploding through them. This is usually the first advanced Gōjū-ryū kata the students learn in most goju kaiha, after gekisai dai ichi and gekisai dai ni.
From an understanding of the grappling and striking techniques of this Kata, Saifa can be interpreted to mean grabbing and tearing of tissue in close-quartered combat.