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Hangetsu

Next Kata for Saturday Morning Kata Class: Hangetsu

We begin our next kata, Hangetsu (半月), on Saturday, February 28th and go for four weeks. The kata name means “Half Moon,” which refers to the way we step in the kata’s signature stance, hangetsu-dachi. In contrast to fudo-dachi we used in Sochin, with Hangetsu we practice gripping the floor and connecting with an inward squeeze in hangetsu-dachi and neko-ashi-dachi. Hangetsu also emphasizes breathing from the […]

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Sochin

Next Kata for Saturday Morning Kata Class: Sochin

Beginning Saturday, January 31st, we will study the kata Sochin (壮鎮) for four weeks. The kata name translates as something like “Magnificent Calm.” It features low, solid stance, mostly fudo-dachi, and slow, powerful moves alternating with explosive speed. It’s excellent practice for developing strong, solid technique and connection to the ground. You can see excellent examples […]

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