Monthly Archives: August 2015

Jion (慈恩) Kata

Jion-Kata-by-Renshi-Tanzadeh

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)

Seienchin-Kata---Tanzadeh-Sensei

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

Sensei-Tanzadeh-Heian-Nidan-Kata

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

Juroku-kata-by-Sensei-Tanzadeh

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