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.

Matsumura Seisan (松村十三) Kata

Sensei Tanzadeh performing Matsumura Seisan

Matsumura Seisan literally means ’13’ (Version of Master Matsumura) who adapted original kata of Seisan from Naha-te Schools. Seisan is thought to be one of the oldest kata, being quite spread among other Naha-te schools. Shito-ryu has both ‘Shuri-te’ Version and call it “Matsumura Seisan” and Naha-te version called just “Seisan”. WadoRyu style call this … Read more

Haffa (白鳥) Kata

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Haffa” White Bird” or Also translated as “100 Birds”.The Kata was brought to Okinawa by Master Go Kenki and found it’s way to Shitoryu by Ryuso Kenwa Mabuni. The concept of Haffaand the performance of the techniques is very close to the Hakucho or Hakkaku. The Kata is without any high difficulties, and it is … Read more

Annanko (安南光) Kata

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Annanko (安南光), ‘Peace from the South’ is a kata from Tomari-te system. Its history in Okinawan Karate is relatively short in comparison to other kata as it was composed and created by Master Chotoku Kyan. Its meaning is “Light from the South” or “Peace from the South”, as it is thought to originate when Master … Read more