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Itosu Wanshu (糸洲汪輯) Kata

Sensei Tanzadeh performing Itosu Wanshu Kata

Wanshu (糸洲汪輯, also ワンシュー) The way of writing the name of this kata (汪輯) means “Wang’s Series (or Form)” and refers to the name of the diplomat Wang (1621 – 1689). A poet, calligrapher, diplomat, and martial artist in the Shaolin tradition of Fujian White Crane, he is often credited with teaching chu’an fa to the gentry of Tomari region. Many karate traditions include … Read more

Chinte (珍手) Kata

Sensei Tanzadeh performing Chinte Kata

Chinte (珍手) (“Rare Hand” or “Strange Hand”) is a kata from Shuri-te system introduced by Master Anko Itosu. It is a very old kata originating from China. Its mixture of standard movements and rarely seen techniques, vestiges of ancient forms, give this kata a special appeal. Particularly dynamic, with its alternating strong and slow passages,. It is a kata … Read more

Seienchin (セイエンチン) Kata

Sensei Tanzadeh performing Seienchin Kata

Seienchin セイエンチン (Lull in the storm) This kata belongs to Naha-te system, from master Higaonna school. This is one of the most important kata in shitoryu karate. Tender and slow movements with deep breathing along with quick and strong movements are the specifications in this kata. Shiko-dachi, Neko ashi-dachi and Sanchin-dachi, are executed in this … Read more

Oyadomari no Bassai (親泊の拔塞) Kata

Tanzadeh Sensei performing Oyadomari Bassai

Oyadomari no Bassai (親泊の拔塞) Kata «To breach a Fortress», version of Master Oyadomari Kokan. Although this kata belongs to Shuri-te system but modified and created by master Oyadomari Kokan of Tomari region and Tomari-te system. It is as though one was capturing an enemy castle . Quick action, swift transitions, forcefulness, strong spirit and overflowing … Read more

Ishimine no Bassai (石嶺の拔塞) Kata

Tanzadeh Sensei Performing Ishimine Bassai

Ishimine no Bassai (石嶺の拔塞) Kata «To breach a Fortress», version of Master Ishimine Peichin. This kata belongs to Shuri-te system, modified and created by master Peichin Ishimine. It is as though one was capturing an enemy castle . Forcefulness, strong spirit and overflowing power are manifested in this Kata.

Matsumura ha Bassai (松村拔塞) Kata

Tanzadeh Sensei Performing Matsumura Bassai

Matsumura Bassai (松村拔塞) Kata «To breach a Fortress», version of Master Sokon Matsumura. This kata belongs to Shuri-te system, created by master Matsumura. Forcefulness, strong spirit and overflowing power are manifested in this Kata. It is as though one was capturing an enemy castle. The Matsumrua version has a distinct Chinese flavour and consider as … Read more

Seisan (十三) Kata

Tanzadeh Sensei performing Seisan kata

Seisan (十三 means ‘thirteen’), a kata from Naha-te system of Master Kanryo Higaonna. Seisan contains close range fighting techniques such as short range punches, low kicks, and directional changes to unbalance the opponent. It contains techniques performed under full tension thru the range of motion, as well as strong fast techniques. Seisan is said to … Read more

Shiho Kosokun (四方公相君) Kata

Tanzadeh Sensei performing Shiho-Kosokun

Shiho Kosokun (四方公相君). The name Kosokun or Kusanku refers to a person by the name of Kusanku, a Chinese diplomat from Fukien who is believed to have traveled to Okinawa to teach his system of fighting. Kosokun is a kata from Shuri-te system. There are different versions of this kata which practices in Shitoryu Karate: … Read more