Monthly Archives: December 2016

Matsukaze (松風) Kata

Sensei Tanzadeh performing Matsukaze kata

Matsukaze 松風 (“Wind in the Pines”). This karate kata is from Matsumora Kosaku of Tomari in Okinawa. The kata was renamed to Matsukaze from the name Wankan by Master Kenwa Mabuni. Matsukaze is considered to be an intermediate kata in Shito-ryu. It contains both offensive and defensive techniques done together in one motion at various … Read more

Ji’in (慈陰) Kata

jiin-kata-performing-by-Tanzadeh-sensei

Ji’in 慈陰 (“Temple Grounds “), also translated as  ” Inverted Mercy.” Having many similarities to Jion, Jiin is most likely another kata inspired by the teachings of a Buddhist temple in China. Jiin is sometimes grouped with Jion and Jitte, since all three use similar techniques, and all three begin in the “Ming salutation or  Ji’ai no gamae” posture (palm over fist). Jiin is a … Read more

Sanchin (三戦) Kata

tanzadeh-sensei-performing-sanchin

Sanchin (三戦), meaning “three battles/conflicts/wars” is usually interpreted as the battle to unify the mind, body, and spirit; however, there are other interpretations. Sanchin is a kata of apparent Southern Chinese origin that is considered to be the core of several styles, the most well-known being the Karate styles of Uechi Ryu, Goju Ryu, Shito … Read more