Sanseiru (三十六) Kata

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Sanseiru is one of the 4 “core” kata brought back from China by Master Kanryo Higaonna of Naha-Te school . The standard kanji of Sanseiru mean “36”. In Okinawa it is traditional to add the character (“te” meaning “hands”). This explosive kata develops low kicks and double hand techniques. It also focuses on fighting in … Read more

Papuren (八 步 連) Kata

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Papuren (八 步 連) (also pronounce Happoren or Paipuren means “Eight steps at the same time”) is a kata of karate which was introduced by a White Crate Kung fu expert in the island of Okinawa from master Wu Xian Hui “Go Genki”.  Master Kenwa Mabuni learned 3 katas (Papuren, Nipaipo and Haffa) from Master … Read more

Tensho “転掌” Kata

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Tensho “転掌” it means “rotating palms”, or “turning palms. This kata emphasizes the soft aspects of “Naha-te” system and encompasses continuous, flowing movements. Tensho, along with its harder counterpart Sanchin, was created in 1921 as “Softer Sanchin” by Master Chojun Miyagi from earlier Chinese forms. Tensho may be a variant of the Southern Chinese Kung … Read more

Japanese Terms for Body Parts and Sections

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Japanese Terms for Body Parts and Sections – Front View by Renshi Tanzadeh

Niseishi (二十四) Kata

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Niseishi (二十四) (Twenty four steps) is an advanced kata practiced in Shitoryu karate. It originates from the Aragaki group “Tomari-te and is shown through the similarity to Unshu and Sochin kata of Master Seisho Aragaki of Tomrai region. One of the characteristics of this kata is alternating fast and slow movements teaches the practitioner to develop his ability to … Read more

Seipai ( 十 八 ) Kata

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Seipai is an advanced kata from Naha-te system which has been introduced in Okinawa through Higaonna Sensei, with it’s fairly slow tempo and rooted stances, particularly the use of Sanchin Dachi and Shiko Dachi. There are many effective techniques for “Close Combat” such as Gyaku Waza and Nage Waza in Seipai. This kata is known … Read more

Chinto (鎮 東) Kata

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Chinto (meaning approximately “fighter to the east”) is an advanced kata practiced in Shitoryu Karate. It is named after a Chinese sailor whose ship crashed on the Okinawan coast. It is known that the kata Chinto was well-known to the early Tomari-te and Shuri-te schools of Karate. The kata is very dynamic, employing a diverse number of stances (including the uncommon crane stance or Sagi Ashi Dachi or One-Leg … Read more

Bassai Dai (拔 塞 大) Kata

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Bassai Dai «To breach a Fortress»  This kata belongs to Shuri-te, from master Anko Itosu school summing up basic techniques with combination of attack and defense in serial movements. Forcefulness, strong spirit and overflowing power are manifested in this Kata. It is as though one was capturing an enemy castle. Kakete and kicking to … Read more