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13 Fundamental points in kata

Kyoshi Tanzadeh Technical Seminar Brazil 2019 (78)

13 Fundamental points in kata that must be considered while practicing Yoi no Kishin – Preparing one’s mind –  Readiness, concentration, will, and determination against opponent before starting kata. Chikara no KyoJaku – Strength, power – Correct method in using power, the amount … Continue reading

Itosu no Rohai Nidan (鷺牌) Kata

The Rohai (鷺牌)  originated from the Tomari-te school of Okinawan martial arts. It was called Matsumora Rōhai, after Kosaku Matsumora, who was presumably its inventor. Master Itosu later took this kata and developed three kata from it: Rohai shodan, Rohai nidan, and Rohai sandan.  In Shitoryu beside “Matsumora ha Rohai, also precise … Continue reading

Kosokun (公相君) ‘Sho’ Kata

Kosokun (公相君) also called Kushanku, is a kata from Shuri-te system. There are different versions of this kata which practices in Shitoryu Karate: Kosokun –Sho, Kosokun-Dai, Shiho-Kosokun and a version of Master Yara from village of Chatan (Called Chatan Yara Kushanku). The … Continue reading

Gojushiho (五十四歩) Kata

Gojushiho (五十四歩 lit. 54 steps “also called Useshi”) is a kata practiced in Shitoryu and represents of Shur-te system of Master Anko Itusu. It consists of many advanced open-handed techniques and attacks. Due to its difficulty, this kata is often reserved for advanced students, usually for … Continue reading

Shinpa (シンパー 心破・新破・侵破) Kata

Shinpa (シンパー 心破・新破・侵破) 心 = Shin. Heart, mind, intention, center, core. 新 = Shin. New. 侵 = Shin. To invade, raid, trespass, encroach, approach. 破 = Ha. To break, split or cleave, to get rid of, to destroy, to defeat. … Continue reading

Naihanchi (ナイハンチ) Kata ‘Nidan’ & ‘Sandan’

Naihanchi (ナイハンチ) performed in Naihanchi-Dachi It translates to ‘Internal Divided Conflict‘ or “Inner Tension Stance”. There are three modern kata derived from this (Shodan, Nidan and Sandan). Some researchers believe Nidan and Sandan were created by Master Anko Itosu, but … Continue reading

Annanko (安南光) Kata

Annanko (安南光), ‘Peace from the South’ is a kata from Tomari-te system. Its history in Okinawan Karate is relatively short in comparison to other kata as it was composed and created by Master Chotoku Kyan. Its meaning is “Light from … Continue reading

Haffa (白鳥) Kata

Haffa” White Bird” or Also translated as “100 Birds”.The Kata was brought to Okinawa by Master Go Kenki and found it’s way to Shitoryu by Ryuso Kenwa Mabuni. The concept of Haffaand the performance of the techniques is very close to … Continue reading

Matsumura Seisan (松村十三) Kata

Matsumura Seisan literally means ’13’ (Version of Master Matsumura) who adapted original kata of Seisan from Naha-te Schools. Seisan is thought to be one of the oldest kata, being quite spread among other Naha-te schools. Shito-ryu has both ‘Shuri-te’ Version and … Continue reading

Saifa (砕破) Kata

Saifa (砕破) means “smash and tear. Saifa has its origins in China, and was brought to Okinawa by Master Kanryo Higaonna. 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 … Continue reading

Shinsei (新生) Kata

Shinsei (新生, New life, New Birth) is a kata created by Master Kenwa Mabuni. Shinsei is a summary of the Kata Gekisai Dai Ichi and Dai Ni. Shinsei kata shows a special kind of calmness and elegance and the techniques … Continue reading

Sanchin (三戦) Kata

Sanchin (三戦), meaning “three battles/conflicts/wars” is usually interpreted as the battle to unify the mind, body, and spirit; however, there are other interpretations. Sanchin is a kata of apparent Southern Chinese origin that is considered to be the core of … Continue reading

Ji’in (慈陰) Kata

Ji’in 慈陰 (“Temple Grounds “), also translated as  ” Inverted Mercy.” Having many similarities to Jion, Jiin is most likely another kata inspired by the teachings of a Buddhist temple in China. Jiin is sometimes grouped with Jion and Jitte, since all three use similar techniques, and all … Continue reading

Matsukaze (松風) Kata

Matsukaze 松風 (“Wind in the Pines”). This karate kata is from Matsumora Kosaku of Tomari in Okinawa. The kata was renamed to Matsukaze from the name Wankan by Master Kenwa Mabuni. Matsukaze is considered to be an intermediate kata in Shito-ryu. It contains … Continue reading

Tomari no Bassai (泊拔塞) Kata

Tomari no Bassai  泊拔塞 (“To Breach a Fortress, Tomari-te Version” ).There are 2 main versions of Bassai kata which developed in Tomari region one developed and modified by Master Matsumora Kosaku and one by Master Oyadomari Kokan. Switching blocks and … Continue reading