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Tensho “転掌” Kata

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Tensho “転掌” it means “rotating palms”, or “turning palms. This kata emphasizes the soft aspects of “Naha-te” system and encompasses continuous, flowing movements. Tensho, along with its harder counterpart Sanchin, was created in 1921 as “Softer Sanchin” by Master Chojun Miyagi from earlier Chinese forms. Tensho may be a variant of the Southern Chinese Kung … Read more

Japanese Terms for Body Parts and Sections

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Japanese Terms for Body Parts and Sections – Front View by Renshi Tanzadeh

Niseishi (二十四) Kata

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Niseishi (二十四) (Twenty four steps) is an advanced kata practiced in Shitoryu karate. It originates from the Aragaki group “Tomari-te and is shown through the similarity to Unshu and Sochin kata of Master Seisho Aragaki of Tomrai region. One of the characteristics of this kata is alternating fast and slow movements teaches the practitioner to develop his ability to … Read more

Seipai ( 十 八 ) Kata

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Seipai is an advanced kata from Naha-te system which has been introduced in Okinawa through Higaonna Sensei, with it’s fairly slow tempo and rooted stances, particularly the use of Sanchin Dachi and Shiko Dachi. There are many effective techniques for “Close Combat” such as Gyaku Waza and Nage Waza in Seipai. This kata is known … Read more

Chinto (鎮 東) Kata

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Chinto (meaning approximately “fighter to the east”) is an advanced kata practiced in Shitoryu Karate. It is named after a Chinese sailor whose ship crashed on the Okinawan coast. It is known that the kata Chinto was well-known to the early Tomari-te and Shuri-te schools of Karate. The kata is very dynamic, employing a diverse number of stances (including the uncommon crane stance or Sagi Ashi Dachi or One-Leg … Read more

Bassai Dai (拔 塞 大) Kata

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Bassai Dai «To breach a Fortress»  This kata belongs to Shuri-te, from master Anko Itosu school summing up basic techniques with combination of attack and defense in serial movements. Forcefulness, strong spirit and overflowing power are manifested in this Kata. It is as though one was capturing an enemy castle. Kakete and kicking to … Read more

Shisochin (四向鎮) Kata

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Shisochin is a symmetrical kata from Nahate system  which has been introduced in Okinawa through Higaonna Sensei when he returned from his trip from Fujian of China. It begins with Sanchin dachi when applying three successive nukite zuki. There is a predominance of kaishu waza (open hand techniques) in this Kata.

Myojo (明 浄) Kata

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Myojo Myojo means “morning star” however, the Kata derived its name from the name of the Japanese High School where Kenwa Mabuni Sensei attended to teach the students self defence. The Kata contains the self defence sequences that Mabuni Sensei taught to the students.