Category Archives: Kata Class

Next Kata for Saturday Kata Class: Gojushiho Sho

We are now onto the kata Gojushiho Sho (五十四歩小). The name of this kata is similar to the one we just completed, Nijushiho. Gojushiho means “Fifty-four Steps.” Sho, “small” (or here, “the lesser”) distinguishes this kata from its companion Gojushiho Dai (or “Gojushiho the Greater”). In Shotokan karate we typically practice these two variants of the older Gojushiho kata. If it […]

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Next Kata for Saturday Morning Kata Class: Nijushiho

This month, we are studying the kata Nijushiho or Nijuushiho (二十四歩). This kata’s name is less poetic than some others. It means “Twenty-four Steps.” Although a relatively short kata, in Nijushiho we practice a wide variety of techniques and applications of power. It features most of the basic Shotokan stances and some less common stances, and slow application of power as well as […]

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Current Kata for Saturday Morning Kata Class: Sochin

In our advanced kata sessions on Saturdays, we are currently studying Sochin (壮鎮). 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 of […]

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Kata of the Month: Gankaku

We are now studying Gankaku for the advanced kata in our Saturday classes. (back to Heian Shodan for the basic kata) Gankaku is another old kata that, like Empi (our last kata-of-the-month), is meant to conjure an image of a bird. In contrast to Empi’s darting in and out and jumping up like a swallow, […]

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Kata of the Month: Empi

We are now studying Empi for the advanced kata in our Saturday classes. Empi means “flight of the swallow” and contains movements that resemble a small bird darting in & out, up & down. This kata is derived from a very old kata, Wanshu, which may have been brought over from China to Okinawa as […]

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Kata-of-the-Month: Kanku-sho

We are now studying Kanku-sho in our Saturday classes. The predecessor kata on which Kanku-sho was derived, Kanku-dai, is very old and versions of it are practiced by people in various styles of Karate. Older versions may go by the name ‘Kushanko” and the -dai suffix was added when a secondary version (-sho) was created […]

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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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