Monthly Archives: January 2016

Naihanchi Shodan (ナイハンチ初段) Kata

Sensei-Tanzadeh-performing-Naihanchi-Shodan

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

Sensei-Tanzadeh-performing-Itosu-Rohai-Shodan

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

Tomari-Chinto-performed-by-Sensei-Tanzadeh

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