Kata

Kihon Kata Series

1. Kihon Kata Series

Introduction The Kihon Kata consists of three katas that are done in succession. Rarely will a Shorin-ryu school ask a student…
Kihon Shodan

1a. Kihon Shodan

Prerequistes Natural Stance (Shizentai Dachi) Natural Stance is done by placing both feet shoulder width apart. The front foot (we…
Kihon Nidan

1b. Kihon Nidan

Prerequistes High Reverse Punch (Judan Gyakuzuki) To perform a high reverse punch is identical to performing a middle reverse punch…
Kihon Sandan

1c. Kihon Sandan

Prerequistes Rising Block (Age Uke) To perform a rising block, the blocking hand (same side as the foot that is…
Naihanchi Series

2. Naihanchi Series

Introduction The Naihanchi (Fighting with Stealth) Series is the first of the fundamental katas taught in our system. It should…
Naihanchi Shodan

2a. Naihanchi Shodan

Prequisites Push Block (Osai Uke) To perform the “push” block commonly referred to as “lay”, the karateka turns their palm…
Naihanchi Nidan

2b. Naihanchi Nidan

Prerequisites Single Hand Knife Block (Shuto Uke) Performed in horse stance, the blocking arm goes out almost completely straight with…
Naihanchi Sandan

2c. Naihanchi Sandan

Prerequisites Long Stance (Zenkutsu Dachi) The front leg is bent and its toes are pointing forward. The back leg shoulder…
Pinan Series

3. Pinan Series

Introduction The Pinan Series is comprised of five katas. They were created by Yasutsune “Anko” Itosu. Sensei Itosu is often…
Pinan Shodan

3a. Pinan Shodan

Prerequistes Cat Leg Stance (Neko Ashi Dachi) The cat leg stance is an advanced stance in Shorin-ryu. While being slightly…
Pinan Nidan

3b. Pinan Nidan

Overview of the Kata Pinan Nidan is a much simpler kata than Pinan Shodan. The basic pattern for it is…
Pinan Sandan

3c. Pinan Sandan

Overview The third kata in the Pinan Series is called Pinan Sandan. It introduces a few foundational concepts in Karate-Do…
Pinan Yondan

3d. Pinan Yondan

Sequence Rei Yoi Left neko-ashi-dachi facing left, left chudan-shuto-uke, right jodan-shuto-uke Spin around to face right in right neko-ashi-dachi, repeat…
Pinan Godan

3e. Pinan Godan

Sequence Rei Yoi Left-facing left neko-ashi-dachi, left chudan-ude-uke Right seiken-zuki with koshi-zuki Step up to forward-facing haisoku-dachi, left mawashi-zuki Step…
Okan/Wankan/Matsukaze

4. Wankan

Tonight’s article is on my favorite kata, Okan. I first learned this kata as a 5th Kyu in Yamashita Shorin-ryu.…
Passai Sho

5a. Passai Sho

Sequence Rei Yoi (left hand holds right fist in front of solar plexus, push out and down to cover groin)…
Passai Dai

5b. Passai Dai

Sequence Rei Yoi (left hand holds right fist in front of solar plexus, push out and down to cover groin)…
Chinto

6. Chinto

Sequence Rei Yoi Right foot back to shiko-dachi, right kazure te-uke (backs of fists touching) Left soto shuto-uke (right shote…
Empi-Enpi Sho

Enpi/Empi Sho

Sequence Rei Yoi (cover, open) Step out to hachiji-dachi, left kazure-te-gatana (left vertical fist, right hand wrapping it) Left foot…
Gojushiho

Gojushiho

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Interpreting the Snapshots of Kata

Interpreting the Snapshots of Kata

From Dance to Practical Application In kata we practice sequences of techniques and choreographed steps and various stances.  In the…
Partner Drills

Partner Drills

The Development of Partner Drills Many (although not all) martial arts styles include partner drills in their curriculum, but in…
Seiunchin

Seiunchin

Sequence Rei Right hand covers left, flip hands over and point toes out in musubi-dachi, yoi Step right foot out…