Kushanku is an older Kata than the Pinan.
You can be sure that Pinan was derived from Kushanku, one way or the other. Simply by looking at the similarity of the techniques. Kushanku however, is more difficult. It contains more complicated techniques and advanced versions of the techniques found in the Pinan series. The rhythm of Kushanku is more diverse and thereby more difficult to perform as a whole without breaking the rhythm.
Given that you practise enough, progress in Karate is often down to what you focus on. This particular movement is known for the specific low position and placement of the hands. That last point though should NOT be your point of focus as many unwanted things follow. Do this instead...
You know that even for Junzuki the step contains quite sophisticated movement if you look hard enough. The same can be said for any movement though - but this sequence from Kushanku is top of the bill. It shows clearly how you can use the body in different manners to create power and stability.
let's face it. It's fun to practise applications whether it is beneficial for your progress or not. Having said that.. do you want to progress? Then practise the applications that will actually help you. Depending on your level, you can start with this application first and THEN move on to the advanced version.
Execute Jodan Soto Uke and Chudan Barai.
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Although you can discuss the amount of movements in Kushanku, it seems easier -and perhaps also more appropriate- to use the numbers as Ohtsuka sensei did. In his book, where the nine Kata of Wado are demonstrated and explained, Sukui uke from Kushanku is the 54th movement.