The word Tai means great & kyouku
means to study throughly
|These three katas
Taikyoku Shodan, Nidan & Sandan were developed by Yoshitaka
Funakoshi Sensei, the son of Funakoshi Ginchin Dai sensei These
katas are primarily to teach the absolute fundamentals of Shotokan
The word Heian is shortened from two words
heiwa meaning peace and antei neaning stability
|These are the
Basic Fundamental Katas. Though no written records exist, it
is known that Yatsune Itosu Sensei, one of Funakoshi Dai Sensei's
teachers developed these kata combining different movements
from the Advanced katas.
Originally called Naifanchi in Okinawa,
the name was changed by Funakoshi Dai Sensei to Tekki meaning
|The Origin of
the first of the tekki kata may be Chinese but the second and
the third were made by Itosu Yatsune
series of Katas
The Meaning of Bassai is to Break into the
Dai - Great
Sho - Small
|The Kata teaches
about Basic body shifting in different directions. It is said
to have originated in the Shuri Te School of Master Itosu. The
Kata is taught in 2 versions, the Dai (meaning great or Big
and the Sho meaning Small or little. Both katas have the performance
lines shaped as a "T" The DAI kata was introduced
by Master Oyadomori. The Dai kata has 42 movements. The Sho
kata was introduced by the great master Itosu and has 27 moves
The 2 calligraphic charectars "Ji on"
translated literally means Love Goodness. The kata is named
after a temple in China
|The kata is representative
of the Strong movements of Shotokan Karate and is said to be
considered of having it's origins in Tomari Te. The turning
of the body and shifting of the body can be learned by practice
of this kata. The kata cosnsits of 47 movements and the performance
lines are "I" shaped.
series of Katas
The 2 calligraphic charectars "Kan Ku"
translated literally means
To look at the sky
Dai - Great
Sho - Small
|Like the Bassai
kata, this kata too has 2 versions Dai and Sho. The Kata was
originally known as Ku shan ku and ko sho kun and was named
after after a Chinese boxing expert who developed the kata.
The Dai version of the kata contains many movements incorporated
into the Heian Series. The great Master Itosu created the Kanku
Sho kata based on the Dai version The performance lines of both
katas are similar, the Dai version has 65 movements the Sho
version has 47 movements.
The 2 calligraphic charectars "En pi"
translated literally means is "Flying Swallow"
Wanshu, this kata has it's origins in the shuri Te school and
is considered to be one of the earlier known katas. The kata's
movements emulate the quick up and down flights of the Swallow.
The kata cosists of 37 movements
The 2 calligraphic charectars "Ju te
" translated literally means "Ten Hands"
|The kata is symbollic of
the strength needed to fight ten opponents. It belongs to the
same group as Jion, Jiin in it's origin in the the Shuri te
school. The Start posture & finish posture of the Kata is
similar to the other two. The kata has 24 moves and is usually
considered as a kata used for defence against the Bo (stick).
The 2 calligraphic charectars "Gan
kaku" translated literally read as Crane standing on
|Earlier called chinto, the
kata has it's origins in the Shuri Te school and has 42 moves.
The performance lines (embusen) is a straight line
shi ho series of Katas
Goju shi ho Dai &
Goju shi ho Sho
The Meaning of
Goju shi ho is fifty four steps
Dai - Great/Big
Sho - Small /Little
|The katas have
their origins in the Shuri Te school and are considered to be
amongst the most advanced katas of Master Anko Itosu .The Dai
version has 62 movements and the Sho version has 64 movements.
|Niju shi ho
The Meaning of Niju shi ho is
Twenty four steps
|The name is said to have
come from the number of foot movements in the kata. The original
name of the kata was ni sei shi. The uniqueness of the kata
is the smoothness of the movements and specifically the movement
of the Haishu Uke found only in this kata. The kata has 33 movements.
The 2 calligraphic charectars "Han
getsu " translated literally read as
|The kata has it's base in
Naha-te. Originally called Seishan, it is distinct in it's movements
and the breathing involved whilst performing the kata. The kata
consists of 41 moves.
The 2 calligraphic charectars "So chin"
translated literally mean
strength and calmness
|The kata uses
Fudo dachi often called sochin dachi. The original name for the
kata was hakko and was used to teach defence against the bo(stick)
Full of stately movements the kata exudes strength when performed
slowly. There are 40 movements in the kata.
The 2 calligraphic charectars "Unsu"
translated literally mean Cloud Hands
|Classically read & pronounced
as un-shu, the kata takes it's charectar from the clouds in
the sky always transforming themselves with continous changes.
The kata's intricate movements make it one of the most advanced
katas though the history of the kata seems to be recent. The
kata has 48 movements.
The 2 calligraphic charectars "Wankan
" translated literally mean "King" and "Crown"
|The kata is very short and
the smallest kata in Shotokan karate. Having it's origin's in
the Shuri Te school, the kata is also uncommon as it has only
The 2 calligraphic charectars "Chin
te" translated literally mean extraordinary (rare) hands
|The kata begins
with calmness and slowly emerges with power finishing in tranquility.
The rare use in karate of tate ken is seen in this kata as well
as the nihon nukite. The circular movements in the kata make
it different from other Shotokan kata. The kata has it's origins
in the Shuri Te school and has 33 moves.
The calligraphic charectars "Mei kyo"
translated literally mean Shining or bright mirror
|Orinally called rohai, the
kata has 33 movements. The sankaku tobi or triangular jump is
a spectular highlight of the kata if executed properly