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Naihanchi Shodan (ナイハンチ初段) Kata

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Naihanchi (ナイハンチ) performed in Naihanchi-Dachi It translates to ‘Internal Divided Conflict‘ or “Inner Tension Stance”. The form makes use of in-fighting techniques. In  Naihanchi Shodan is the first San Kyu (Brown Belt Kata). 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 … Read more

Itosu no Rohai Shodan (鷺牌) Kata

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The Rohai (鷺牌)  originated from the Tomari-te school of Okinawan martial arts. It was called Matsumora Rōhai, after Kosaku Matsumora, who was presumably its inventor. Master Itosu later took this kata and developed three kata from it: Rohai shodan, Rohai nidan, and Rohai sandan.  In Shitoryu beside “Matsumora ha Rohai, also precise all these three katas from Master Itosu Anko school. Itosu Rohai Shodan has different way … Read more

Tomari Chinto (泊鎮東) Kata

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Tomari Chinto kata is a very traditional Japanese/Okinawan style kata from Tomari-te. Unlike the more commonly seen Chinto kata of of Master Itosu, which is performed in a straight line to the front and rear, Tomari Chinto is performed along a different line of movement (embusen), which is forty-five degrees to the front left and one hundred … Read more

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