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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

Sanseiru (三十六) Kata

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Sanseiru is one of the 4 “core” kata brought back from China by Master Kanryo Higaonna of Naha-Te school . The standard kanji of Sanseiru mean “36”. In Okinawa it is traditional to add the character (“te” meaning “hands”). This explosive kata develops low kicks and double hand techniques. It also focuses on fighting in … Read more

Papuren (八 步 連) Kata

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Papuren (八 步 連) (also pronounce Happoren or Paipuren means “Eight steps at the same time”) is a kata of karate which was introduced by a White Crate Kung fu expert in the island of Okinawa from master Wu Xian Hui “Go Genki”.  Master Kenwa Mabuni learned 3 katas (Papuren, Nipaipo and Haffa) from Master … Read more

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