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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)

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

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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 others believe that it was originally one kata broken into three separate parts (probably due … Read more

Shinpa (シンパー 心破・新破・侵破) Kata

Tanzadeh Sensei performing Shinpa 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. Created by Master Kenwa Mabuni after an inspiring meeting they had with Uechi Kanbun.

Renzoku Kihon = Combination Basic Techniques

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Shitoryu Karate Renzoku Kihon = Combination Basic Techniques Do left Chudan Shuto Uke on left Neko Ashi Dachi then kick with your front leg “left Chudan Mae Geri” then land your kicking leg forward on Hidari Zenkutsu Dachi, do right Chudan Gyaku Zuki. Then shift your left leg back to Neko Ashi Dachi  and do … Read more

Shitoryu Karate Uke Waza

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Shitoryu Karate Basic Blocking Techniques

Shitoryu Kihon – Chudan Shuto Uke

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Chudan Shuto Uke = Middle Knife Hand Block, proper body, arms, hands and thumb positioning. From the book “Dynamic Shitoryu Karate” by A. Tanzadeh http://dynamicshitoryukarate.com/

Gojushiho (五十四歩) Kata

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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 those who are 3rd degree black belts and above.  

Mawashi Geri “Roundhouse Kick”

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Certainly the mawashi geri (round kick or round-house kick)  is a difficult kick and many karate-ka do it rather poorly. You can perform and practice Mawashi Geri from any stance. Bring the knee of the kicking leg up to side of the body and make sure that the direction of the toes of the foot … Read more

Ura Uchi to the side “Uraken”

Sensei Tanzadeh performing Yoko Ura Uchi "Uraken"

Starting by holding your both arms in front of your body ‹fists are in same level with shoulders and palms facing each other›, start by snapping motion of your hand and strike with backfist to your side ‹eye direction is in the same same direction of the striking side› and do this to the other … Read more