Category Archives: Kata Class

Current kata-of-the-month: Bassai-sho

We are now studying Bassai-sho in our Saturday classes. Bassai-sho is a derivative of Bassai-dai, which is very old. Versions of Bassai-dai are practiced by people in various styles of Karate. Bassai-sho was created in the late 19th century and shares many techniques and strategies with its predecessor kata. Bassai-sho is generally introduced at black […]

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Current kata-of-the-month: Jitte

We are now studying Jitte (十手) in our Saturday classes. Jitte is also sometimes written as “Jutte.” The characters used are those for 10 (“Ju”: 十) and hand(s) (“Te” : 手). This could imply that we have the ability to fight off 10 opponents. But it could also have something to do with the defensive […]

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Current Kata for Saturday Kata classes: Tekki Nidan

We are now studying Tekki Nidan (鉄騎二段) in our Saturday classes. The Tekki kata came to Japan from Okinawa, based on the Naihanchi kata. Tekki means “iron horse,” referring to the characteristic kibadachi (literally “horse-riding stance”). There are three Tekki kata, which may have all been one kata at one time. The Tekki kata focus on one stance and combine a solid foundation […]

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Next Kata for Saturday Class: Tekki Shodan

We are now studying Tekki Shodan (鉄騎初段) in our Saturday classes. As with the Heian kata, the Tekki kata came to Japan from Okinawa, based on the Naihanchi kata. Tekki means “iron horse,” referring to the characteristic kibadachi (literally “horse-riding stance”). There are three Tekki kata, which may have all been one kata at one time. The Tekki kata focus on […]

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Current Kata for Saturday Kata Class: Unsu

On January 20th, we began working on the kata Unsu (雲手). This is the last in our syllabus kata, so after this we will soon start the cycle over with beginning kata (Tekki Shodan for Advanced and Heian Shodan for Beginner). The name Unsu means literally “cloud hands.” You can see techniques that look like hands parting the […]

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