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Managing Director of Shitokai.com & Founder & Technical Director of Shitoryu Karate Canada (SKC) & Secretary General of Pan-American Shitoryu Karate-Do Federation (PSKF) and Standing Director of World Shitoryu Karate-Do Federation (WSKF)

Shinsei (新生) Kata

Sensei Tanzadeh performing shinsei 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 in this kata are very good to use in self defense.

Saifa (砕破) Kata

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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 closing distance and exploding through them.

Matsumura Seisan (松村十三) Kata

Sensei Tanzadeh performing Matsumura Seisan

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 call it “Matsumura Seisan” and Naha-te version called just “Seisan”. WadoRyu style call this … Read more

Haffa (白鳥) Kata

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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 the Hakucho or Hakkaku. The Kata is without any high difficulties, and it is … Read more

Annanko (安南光) Kata

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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 the South” or “Peace from the South”, as it is thought to originate when Master … Read more

Shiho Zuki «Punching in four directions»

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This is part of preparation for the beginners for actual kata. Shiho means 4 directions. The purpose of training Shiho Zuki is that the beginners understand the concept of Mawari Ashi or turning. Basically there are 2 ways of turning, one is turning on the front foot and the other, turning on the back foot. … Read more

Japanese Terms for Body Parts and Sections

Karate Body Parts and sections by Sensei Tanzadeh

Hi-Resolutions and High Quality Poster – (Japanese Terms for Body Parts and Sections). Print ready format downloadable files. Suitable for hanging on the wall for instructional purpose.

Ura Mawashi Geri

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Ura Mawashi Geri (inside roundhouse kick or hook kick) This is almost like Mawashi geri but the difference is the path which is inverted. Bring your knee up close to your body and open the knee and at the same time allow the foot on the ground to rotate (usually on the toes) so that … Read more