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Shitoryu Kihon – Chudan Shuto Uke


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

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 those who are 3rd degree black belts and above.  

Mawashi Geri “Roundhouse Kick”


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

Renzoku Kihon = Combination Basic Techniques


Block & Punch Combination (Chudan Yoko Uke, Chudan Gyaku Zuki);  Do Hidari Chudan Yoko Uke on Hidari Neko Ashi Dachi with your left arm, then shift your left foot to Hidrai Zenkutsu Dachi and punch (Migi Chudan Gyaku Zuki) with your right hand. Move your left foot back (shift back) to Hidari Neko Ashi Dachi … Read more

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 name Kosokun refers to a person by the name of Kūsankū, a Chinese diplomat from Fukien who is believed to have … Read more

Renzoku Ido Kihon = Combination Moving Basic Techniques


Block, Kick and Punch Combination – moving forward; Do Chudan Yoko Uke on Migi Neko Ashi Dachi with your right arm, then kick (Jodan Mawashi Geri) to the front, then land on Hidari Zenkutsu Dachi, punch (Migi Chudan Gyaku Zuki) with your right hand. Pull back (Shift back) your left foot from Hidari Zenkutsu Dachi … Read more

Heian (平安) Kata “Heian Godan”


Heian or “Pin-an” Way of peace (literally, “Great Peace”, sometimes translated as “Calm Mind”, “Peaceful Mind”). The Heian kata series was introduced into the Okinawan School District karate program as gym training from 1905 to 1907 by Master Ankoh Itosu. Sensei Ankoh Itosu originally created the series of Heian katas around 1902 by using some … Read more