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Chatan Yara Kushanku (北谷 屋良 ) Kata

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kata Kushanku version of master Yara from Chatan village Master Yara was born in 1760 in Okinawa, in the village of Chatan. In 1772 he traveled together with his uncle in Fuzhou in Fukien province (China), where allegedly he stayed 20 years. There he studied Chinese Chuan Fa, Qi Gong, fighting with sticks. Upon his … Read more

Matsumora ha Rohai (鷺牌) Kata

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Matsumora ha Rohai «Vision of a Heron» «Kosaku Matsumora version» The name translates approximately to “vision of a Crane” or “vision of a Heron”. This kata was originated from the Tomari-te school of Okinawan martial arts. It was called Matsumora Ha Rohai after Kosaku Matsumora who was presumably its inventor. Anko Itosu later took this … Read more

Nipaipo (二 十 八 歩) Kata

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Nipaipo «Twenty Eight Steps» Nipaipo is created by Master Kenwa Mabuni and is a simplified version of “Nepai” of Master Wu Xian Crane Fist ( Go Kenki ). This kata contains foot works and large scale of consecutive movements. Nipaipo is known as Ipponken Wazas, as well as Hiji Gatame and Sashite as it’s characteristics. … Read more

Suparinpei (壱百零八) Kata

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Suparinpei (壱百零八) is one of the original Kata from Ryu Ru Ko Sensei while he was in Fuzchou in the Fukien Province of Southern China and was handed down to Kanryo Higaonna Sensei. Visually it is similar to the Chinese White Crane Kata and the Kempo Kata of the Dragon! Its Okinawan counterpart is Pechurin. Superinpei is the number 108 in Chinese and the … Read more

Jion (慈恩) Kata

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Jion 慈恩 (“Mercy” or “Merciful sound”) is a representative kata in group of Master Itosu of Shuri-te system because of the importance of the perfection of the basic stances it contains. Jion with Ji’in and Jitte are group of katas beginning with the same characteristic kamae of the left hand covering the right, which apparently … Read more

Seienchin セ イ エ ン チ ン (Lull in the storm)

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Seienchin  セ イ エ ン チ ン (Lull in the storm) This kata belongs to Naha-te, 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, … Read more

Heian (平安) Kata

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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. “Heian” was originally read “Pin-an”, but it was decided to pronounce “Heian” and this was … Read more

Juroku (十六) Kata

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Juroku «Sixteen», the word Juroku literally means ‘16’. This kata was made in the year of Showa 16, so it was named juroku’16’ in Japanese. There is no other meaning to this kata. It is a relatively modern kata developed by Kenwa Mabuni. There are not many moves in this kata, but you will see … Read more