Kosokun Dai (公相君) Kata

Tanzadeh Sensei Performing Kosokun Dai

Kosokun (公相君) ‘Dai’. The name Kosokun or Kusanku or Kushanku is used in Okinawan systems of karate, and refers to a person by the name of Kusanku, a Chinese diplomat from Fukien who is believed to have traveled to Okinawa to teach his system of fighting. Kosokun is a kata from Shuri-te system. There are different versions of this kata which practices in Shitoryu … Read more

Tomari no Wanshu (泊汪輯) Kata

Sensei Tanzadeh performing Tomari Wanshu Kata

Wanshu (ワンシュー,  汪輯) means “Wang’s Series (or Form)” and refers to the name of the diplomat Wang (1621 – 1689). Wang was the leader of a large ambassadorial mission from China sent by the Qing government in 1683 to the village of Tomari. A poet, calligrapher, diplomat, and martial artist in the Shaolin tradition of Fujian White Crane, he is often credited with teaching chu’an fa to the gentry … Read more

Tomari no Bassai (泊拔塞) Kata

Sensei Tanzadeh performing Tomari-Bassai

Tomari no Bassai  泊拔塞 (“To Breach a Fortress, Tomari-te Version” ).There are 2 main versions of Bassai kata which developed in Tomari region one developed and modified by Master Matsumora Kosaku and one by Master Oyadomari Kokan. Switching blocks and differing degrees of power. The feeling of kata should be precise, with fast execution of … Read more

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

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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

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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

Shinsei (新生) Kata

Sensei Tanzadeh performing shinsei kata

Shinsei (新生, New life, New Birth) is a kata created by Master Kenwa Mabuni. Shinsei is a summary of the Kata Gekisai Dai Ichi and Dai Ni. Shinsei kata shows a special kind of calmness and elegance and the techniques in this kata are very good to use in self defense.

Saifa (砕破) Kata

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Saifa (砕破) means “smash and tear. Saifa has its origins in China, and was brought to Okinawa by Master Kanryo Higaonna. It contains quick whipping motions, hammer fists, and back fist strikes; it particularly emphasizes moving off-line from an opponent’s main force, while simultaneously closing distance and exploding through them.