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  • Bassai-dai Download

    Bassai-Dai This kata turns a disadvantage into an advantage. The kata emphasizes strong hip rotation, U punches, lifting actions. Bassai-dai is typically practice by the brown belt and lower levels of black belt in the...

  • Kanku-dai Download

    Kanku-Dai The kata Kanku-dai is typically practice by the brown belt and lower levels of black belt in the Shotokan style of karate.  This kata is also common in other Japanese and Okinawan karate systems.  The...

  • Empi Download

    Empi The kata Empi practices quick changes of direction and it very good for a smaller karate-ka. Empi is typically practice by the brown belt and lower levels of black belt in the Shotokan style of karate. The kata is...

  • Jion Download

    Jion The kata Jion is kata is very good for large and tall karate-ka.  It is typically practiced by the brown belt and lower levels of black belt in the Shotokan style of karate. The kata is demonstrated by Sensei...

  • Gankaku Download

    Gankaku This kata develops helps to develop balance, with a strong emphasis on side kicks and strong blocks.  Gankaku is a very difficult and advanced kata that is typically practiced by the higher levels of black belt...

  • Jitte Download

    Jitte The kata Jitte uses many open hand techniques, and has many applications against a bo (long staff).  This kata also sometimes called "Jutte".   Jitte is a very difficult and advanced kata that is...

  • Hangetsu Download

    Hangetsu The kata Hangetsu is a very dynamic kata that develops muscular power and internal strength. This kata is a very difficult and advanced kata that is typically practiced by the higher levels of black belt in the...

  • Sochin Download

    Sochin The kata Sochin is a very powerful kata that teaches strong attacks and in-close fighting. This kata is a very difficult and advanced kata that is typically practiced by the higher levels of black belt in the...

  • Tekki Nidan Download

    Tekki Nidan The second of the tekki series, Tekki Nidan is particularly useful for developing self-defense against attackers at a close range.  It is a more advanced version of Tekki Shodan. The kata is demonstrated...

  • Tekki Sandan Download

    Tekki Sandan The third of the Tekki series, Tekki Sandan is particularly useful for developing self-defense against attackers at a close range.  It is a more advanced version of Tekki Shodan. The kata is demonstrated...

  • Unsu Download

    Unsu The kata Unsu contains constantly changing and flowing movements of the hands throughout the kata, including hand techniques such as one finger strikes, palm heel strikes, open hand & bent wrist blocks. Once these...

  • Chinte Download

    Chinte The kata Chinte is a versatile kata featuring techniques which are effective without requiring a great deal of strength. This is possible mainly through the use of a variety of hand positions used to deliver...

  • Nijushiho Download

    Nijushi-ho The kata Nijushi-ho demonstrates the smooth buildup of internal strength and impressive release of power that can be developed by the advanced karate-ka. This can be seen throughout the kata, especially in slow...

  • Kanku-sho Download

    Kanku-sho The kata Kanku-sho allows the karate-ka the opportunity to develop mobility with its many sliding actions and two very difficult jumps. The subtle changes in distance are useful practice for all aspects of...

  • Bassai-sho Download

    Bassai-sho The kata Bassai-sho is an alternate version of Bassai-Dai. While the two versions have a similiar feel, there are significant differences. Bassai-Sho features defenses that are mostly head level and its...

  • Meikyo Download

    Meikyo The kata Meikyo features techniques that are strong and bold, but at the same time demonstrate agility and quickness of movement. Meikyo contains sequences that are used in both in-close fighting as well as long...

  • Wankan Download

    Wankan The kata Wankan is relatively short and appears to be a simple kata. In spite of it's relative simplicity, the karate-ka performing this kata must move with boldness and a determination to press onward against the...

  • Gojushiho-sho Download

    Gojushiho-sho The kata Gojushiho-sho is one of the longest katas in Shotokan karate. It features many changes of direction, an unusual form of spearhand and a useful combination against an attack from the rear. The kata...

  • Gojushiho-dai Download

    Gojushiho-dai The kata Gojushiho-dai is very similar to Gojushiho-sho, presented in Advanced Shotokan Kata, Volume Five. The two katas contain similar sequences. However, in most cases there is a difference in technique and...

  • Jiin Download

    Jiin The kata Jiin is rarely practiced in Shotokan karate, mainly because it is not considered part of the kata curriculum of the Japan Karate Association. However, there is much curiosity among Shotokan practitioners...