Tear and destroy. Traditional kata of chinese origin brought to Okinawa by Kanryo Higaonna. This kata is thought to have been derived from white crane boxing style in China.

The name "Saifa" is derived from the Chinese characters for "smash and tear," which reflects the powerful, explosive techniques featured in the kata. Saifa is a relatively advanced kata that is typically taught to intermediate or advanced students who have already mastered the basics of Goju-ryu karate. It is known for its challenging techniques and fast, fluid movements.