Posts in category Karate Kata

Learn Karate At Home The First Shotok...

kihon kata

Taikyoku shodan or Kihon kata is the first shotokan karate kata practiced. It simplicity makes the form very confusing for a new karateka, because the whole kata only consists of 2 different karate techniques, they are gedan barai (downward block) and oi zuki (stepping punch). Both techniques are performed in zenkutsudachi (front stance). There are […]

Mikio Yahara Sensei And Unsu!

When watching Yahara Sensei perform Unsu, it’s beautiful, graceful and powerful, while at the same time being real scary. Yahara Sensei encompasses the philosophy of ‘Ikken Hisstatsu‘ in his every technique! Staying with Yahara Sensei and Unsu, this is a great video, with Yahara Sensei explaining what this particular shotokan kata means to him. It’s […]

Tekki Shodan Shotokan Karate Kata Vid...

Tekki Shodan Means ‘Iron Horse First Level’. There are three Tekki Kata within the Shotokan system. Tekki shodan, Tekki Nidan and Tekki Sandan. Tekki Shodan in many karate dojo, is the required kata for 3rd Kyu or brown belt, but this does vary from dojo to dojo. The original name for the Tekki kata, was […]

JKA Kata Video

A brilliant shotokan karate kata video compilation. This is full of JKA champions! My favourite kata can be seen at 25.28, where Sensei Tomoyuki Aihara, performs Unsu (cloud hands) at the 3rd Shoto World Cup in Sunderland, England, where he came 1st, beating the incredible Sensei Frank Brennan. I really like Sensei Aihara’s Unsu, so […]

Shotokan Karate Heian Kata 1-5

Shotokan Karate Heian Kata 1-5

The History Of The Heian (Pinan) katas One of the stories surrounding the history of the Heian (Pinan) katas claims that Master Shishu, Anko (Yasutsune Itosu) learned a Kata from a Chinese living in Okinawa. This Kata was called “Chiang Nan” by the Chinese man. The form became known as “Channan” to the Okinawan masters […]

Shotokan Karate Kata Tutorial Taikyok...

Shotokan Karate Kata Tutorial Taikyoku Shodan or Kihon Kata

Taikyoku Shodan or Kihon Kata is the first kata in the Shotokan karate system and the first kata in the Taikyoku series, of which there are six. It is the most basic of all Shotokan kata and has only 20 moves, which comprise of downward block (gedan barai) and stepping punch (oi zuki). The entire […]

Learning Karate – Relax! 5 Top...

Learning Karate –  Relax! 5 Top Tips On How To Relax During Karate Training

Karateka need to relax during training, but unfortunately many karateka move around like Robbie Robots! Peoples natural demeaner is sometimes maginfied in the karate dojo. If someone is naturally quite tense, they will sometimes become even more tense because that’s how they have lived their life for many years and at the opposite end of […]

What Do I Want From Karate? You Must...

What Do I Want From Karate?  You Must Know This Before Starting Your Karate Journey

Before you even think about starting karate, you need to know what karate is, or more importantly, what type of karate you want to practice! There are all sorts of people practicing karate and there are as many different types of karate instructors, teaching karate.  There are no two karate instructors the same and no […]

Learn Karate – Benefits of the ...

Learn Karate – Benefits of the Karate Kata (Form)

Kata (form), is a set sequence of karate moves, ranging from a few really basic karate moves, up to hundreds of the really advanced techniques. These techniques are strung together in a predetermined order, that in some instances, has not changed for hundreds of years. These forms start from the white belt kata, which have […]

Shotokan Kata List

Shotokan Kata List

The 27 Shotokan Kata Kata is often described as a set sequence of karate moves organised into a prearranged fight against imaginary opponents. The kata consists of kicks, punches, sweeps, strikes, blocks and throws. Body movement in the various kata includes, stepping, twisting, turning, dropping to the ground and jumping. In this article we mention […]