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Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate-Do

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Shobayashi Traditional Kata List

Other Kata Practiced

Hakutsuru (white crane)
Chatan Yara no Kun
Tsuken Akachu no Iyeku
Nishiahara no Nunti-bo
Itoman no Eku
Kyan no Sai
Kishaba no Sai
Matayoshi no Tekko
Miyazato no Tekko

Shobayashi Shorinryu Kata

  1. Seisan  (thirteen)
  2. Naihanchin Shodan  (hold your ground 1)
  3. Naihanchin Nidan  (hold your ground 2)
  4. Naihanchin Sandan  (hold your ground 3)
  5. Ananku  (light from south)
  6. Wanshu (name of Chinese military envoy)
  1. Pinan Shodan  (peaceful mind 1)
  2. Pinan Nidan  (peaceful mind 2)
  3. Pinan Sandan  (peaceful mind 3)
  4. Pinan Yondan  (peaceful mind 4)
  5. Pinan Godan  (peaceful mind 5)
  6. Gojushiho  (54 steps)
  7. Chinto  (name of shipwrecked sailor)
  1. Passai Sho  (to breach a fortress, lesser)
  1. Passai Dai  (to breach a fortress, greater)
  2. Kusanku Sho  (name of chinese envoy)
  1. Kusanku Dai  (name of chinese envoy)
  2. Seiyunchin  (grab and pull into battle)
  3. Sanchin  (3 battles: mind, body, spirit)

Seven Aspects of Kata

  1. Pattern
  2. Breathing
  3. Combination & Timing
  4. Form & Meaning (Bunkai)
  5. Tight-no-tight
  6. Eyes (two meanings) eye to eye & look first
  7. Kiai

Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro says their used to be seven judges at kata competitions and rank promotions on Okinawa.  Each judge was responsible for judging one of the seven aspects. We practice each and every kata seven times with emphasis on one of the seven aspects of kata.  Also when performing kata one must look first, then move the feet, and finally the hands.