Nipaipo
Meaning of the name 28 steps Moves: 64
Classification Shorei-Ryu
Style Shito-Ryu
Level Advanced
Nipaipo   is   a   very   advanced   Kata   with   many   highly   advanced   techniques   and   very   fast combinations. The   Kata   was   brought   to   Okinawa   by   Go   Kenki   and   found   it's   way   to   Shito-Ryu   by Kenwa Mabuni. Nipaipo   demands   advanced   skills   for   coordination   and   balance.   It   includes   strong attacks   to   the   vital   points,   done   with   Nukite   and   Ippon   Ken,   but   also   includes   lever techniques   and   some   ways   of   throwing.   Nipaipo   shows   very   fine   techniques   and   we teach   how   to   doge   by   doing   turns.   Like   in   many   old   Kata   the   details   of   this   special techniques are not to see, but very important for the correct performing of the Kata. Especially   the   turn,   which   is   part   of   a      throwing   technique,   demands   are   precise   work of   the   hips   and   joints   of   the   feet.   But   for   to   learn   this   technique   it   is   necessary   to know the details of the Bunkai. Nearly   all   movements   of   the   Kata   have   a   high   level   with   a   lot   of   special   details   in biomechanics.    This    makes    the    Kata    to    one    of    the    most    difficult    of    Karate. Unfortunately   it’s   not   as   common   as   in   history   to   get   a   deep   understanding   of   the principles of Kata.
Hakkaku
Meaning of the name Moves: 33
Classification Shorei-Ryu
Style Shito-Ryu
Level Advanced
The   concept   of   Hakkaku   and   the   performance   of   the   techniques   is   very   close   to   the Haufa,   Hakutsturu   and   especially   to   Hakucho.   The   first   part   of   the   Kata   is   very   calm and   fluid,   with   elegance   and   slowly   speed.   But   coming   to   the   end   the   velocity   increase as hight that it is not possible to see the special details of the hand techniques. Because   of   this   Hakkaku   is   a   perfect   symbol   for   the   crane,   how   he   is   on   the   research for   food,   while   he   is   stalking   through   the   water.   It   matches   that   the   Kata   will   be   done only in straight forward direction above a distance about 6 metre. Done   in   a   tournament   it   would   be   end   directly   in   front   of   the   main   judge   with   the   last technique (Soe-Uke in Neko Ashi Dachi) close to his nose. The   source   of   the   Kata   is   unknown.   It’s   relationship   to   Hakucho   could   mean   that Hakkaku was developed from this Kata, but it could been also otherwise. Possible   that   it   comes   from   the   Matsumura   school,   which   did   include   several   Kata   of the White crane style. Hakkaku   is   in   any   case   a   Kata   of   White   crane   (Bay   he   quan,   alos   known   as   Hakutsuru Ken), but is not identical with the Hakutsuru Kata. A   version   of   Kata   Paiho   shows   in   the   first   half   nearly   the   same   techniques.   Because   of the   fact   that   Teruo   Hayashi,   founder   of   Hayashi   ha      Shito   Ryu,   did   study   Ryuei   Ryu   it could   mean   that   Hakkaku   is   the   first   part   of   a   version   of   Paiho.   On   the   other   hand   this version of Paiho could be a continue of Hakkaku.
Hakucho
Meaning of the name Onehundred Birds Moves: 29
Classification Shorei-Ryu
Style Shito-Ryu
Level Medium
These   Hakucho   looks   as   similar   to   the   Kata   Hakkaku,   that   we   could   give   her   the   name Hakkaku Sho. But   it   doesn't   includes   as   many   techniques   as   Hakkaku,   nor   does   it   have   similiar dynamic.   More   than   this   it   is   a   very   calm   Kata   without   any   special   technical   level.   But a big part is the elegance and breathing. The   Kata   is   without   any   high   difficulties,   and   it   is      a   good   Kata   for   to   start   to   study   the crane school. But nevertheless the techniques aren't harmless in use.
Hakufa
Meaning of the name Moves: 39
Classification Shorei-Ryu
Style Shito-Ryu
Level Advanced
The   Kata   Hakufa   comes   directly   form   China   and   Chojun   Miyagi   brought   it   into   the Karate   of   Okinawa.   And   Hakufa   is   still   a   part   of   the   okinawan   Goju-Ryu.   The   beginning of   the   Kata   reminds   to   the   Kata   Tensho.   Also   in   Hakufa   wie   see   circle   techniques   with open hands and different ways of using Washide (crane beak). Especially   this   fist   form   of   Washide   is   a   main   part   of   the   Kata.   In   the   second   half   of the Kata it will done 10 times in different ways. Hakufa   is   very   interesting   Kata.   A   lot   of   it’s   techniques   will   be   execute   very   soft   and slowly. This makes the Kata special an gives a lot of majesty.
Hakutsuru
Meaning of the name White Crane Moves: 114
Classification Shorei-Ryu
Style Shito-Ryu
Level Advanced
Hakutsuru   is   known   as   the   most   mystified   and   most   important   of   all   Kata   used   in Okinawa.   It   was   a   top   secret   Kata   until   to   the   centre   of   the   20th.   century   and   handed down   to   only   a   view   students.   Meanwhile   there   are   a   lot   of   Kata   with   the   name Hakutsuru.   Sometimes   also   the   Haufa   and   Hakkaku   will   be   seen   as   Hakutsuru.   But Hakkaku    and    Haufa    are    completly    different    Kata    and    have    only    the    technical relationship to Hakutsuru. Probably    there    are    different    interpretations    of    the    original    Hakutsuru    which    was known   also   in   Shorei-Ryu   as   well   as   in   Shorin-Ryu.   Higashionna   probably   did   it   know and   also   Sokon   Matsumura.   For   sure   it   is,   that   the   Kata   was   practise   in   the   village Kunemura, where the residence of the chinese delegation was. The   here   described   version   is   the   Hakutsuru   no   Kunemura   and   is   known   as   the longest   of   all   public   Kata.   It   also   includes   a   lot   of   techniques   we   find   in   Kata   like Gankaku, Nipaipo, Patsai and others. It’s   techniques   are   with   a   special   elegance   and   mystic   which   is   difficult   to   describe. It’s   not   as   straight   and   mechanical   as   the   most   of   today   known   Kata.   Hakutsuru's faszination   is   the   kind   of   moving,   which   reminds   strongly   to   the   crane.   But   tough   of all it’s strangeness it appears natural. It   would   be   possible   to   write   a   lot   about   Hakutsuru,   or   discuss,   but   this   isn't   the   right way for the Kata. It's maybe similar to music. It's better to listen as to speak about.
Happoren
Meaning of the name 8 Directions Moves: 64
Classification Shorei-Ryu
Style Shito-Ryu
Level Advanced
Happoren   is   avery      special   Kata.   The   principles   and   idea   seems   to   be   a   mix   between Sanchin   and   Tensho.   But   this   is   no   theory   about   a   relationship   between   this   three Kata. More   than   this   Happoren   seems   to   be   a   Kata   which   is   concentrate   on   the   counterparts tension   and   relax.   In   this   way   it   includes   isometric   tension   of   muscles   which   are   not normal   for   the   crane   style.   But   it's   not   for   sure   that   this   is   an   authentic   part   of   the Kata.   Kata   are   often   developed   and   will   be   handed   done   very   seldom   in   their   origin form. In   counterpart   to   the   number   of   movements   Happoren   is   more   short,   but   needs   more than two minutes for doing it. This    is    based    by    the    concentration    to    breathing    and    the    slow    motion    of    the techniques. In   fact   there   are   only   4   techniques   of   some   kind   of   Tetsui   Uchi   which   will   be   done   fast. All other techniques will be done in slow and very slow motion. Nevertheless   Happoren   is   a   very   difficult   Kata.   And   the   using   of   Happoren   is   very good   for   the   health,   because   of   this   that   all   movements   are   a   good   gymnastical exercises, especially for the joints. The   alternate   name   of   Happoren   is   Paipuren.   Happoren   is   one   of   a   very   few   number of Kata which can help to learn to feel Chi in the palm!
Haufa
Meaning of the name Moves: 35
Classification Shorei-Ryu
Style Shito-Ryu
Level Medium
Haufa   is   a   very   short   Kata.   It   begins   like   Hakkaku   or   Hakutsuru.   But   the   main   point   is to teach the Kakiwake Uke, Kuri Uke and especially the Haito Uchi. These   techniques   will   be   repeat   three   times   with   single   hand   and   five   times   with   both hands.   Important   is   the   right   use   of   biomechanics   by   using   a   special   insertion   of   the shoulder. With   the   slowl   and   calm   movements   of   the   body   Haufa   has   a   lot   of   elegance,   but suddenly   the   techniques   of   the   arms   rising   an   unexpactable   velocity.   And   by   the   fact that the Kata don't looks versatile and advanced the possible Bunkai is versatile. Also   fact   is   that   it’s   techniques,   because   of   the   the   special   biomechanics,   are   with strong   power.   In   fact   the   old   techniques   of   White   crane   style   are   very   dangerous     used in the right way. Mostly   of   the   punching   and   pushing   techniques   are   done   with   open   hands,   but   it's effect and power is even higher than comparable techniques with closed fists. 
Shinpa
Meaning of the name Moves: 31
Classification Shorei-Ryu
Style Shito-Ryu
Level Medium
It's   unknown   where   this   Kata   comes   from.   According   to   Kenei   Mabuni   it's   a   chinese form.   And   becauce   of   the   techniques   like   Kuri   Uke   and   Washide,   we   can   add   the   Kata to the white crane style. The   Kata   is   very   short   and   Kuri   Uke   and   the   following   Gyaku   zuki   will   be   repeated again and again. Shinpa shows no versatil technique, but is difficult to learn. Espeically the turn after the Mae Geri needs a special using of the hips. The Kata is known in the schools of Shito-Ryu, but will be done seldom.
Nipaipo Hakkaku Hakucho Hakufa
Hakutsuru Happoren Haufa Shinpa
Meaning of the name 28 steps Moves: 64
Nipaipo
Classification Shorei-Ryu
Style Shito Ryu
Level Medium
Nipaipo    is    a    very    advanced    Kata    with    many    highly    advanced techniques and very fast combinations. The   Kata   was   brought   to   Okinawa   by   Go   Kenki   and   found   it's   way   to Shito-Ryu by Kenwa Mabuni. Nipaipo   demands   advanced   skills   for   coordination   and   balance.   It includes   strong   attacks   to   the   vital   points,   done   with   Nukite   and Ippon   Ken,   but   also   includes   lever   techniques   and   some   ways   of throwing.   Nipaipo   shows   very   fine   techniques   and   we   teach   how   to doge   by   doing   turns.   Like   in   many   old   Kata   the   details   of   this   special techniques    are    not    to    see,    but    very    important    for    the    correct performing of the Kata. Especially   the   turn,   which   is   part   of   a      throwing   technique,   demands are   precise   work   of   the   hips   and   joints   of   the   feet.   But   for   to   learn this technique it is necessary to know the details of the Bunkai. Nearly   all   movements   of   the   Kata   have   a   high   level   with   a   lot   of special   details   in   biomechanics.   This   makes   the   Kata   to   one   of   the most    difficult    of    Karate.    Unfortunately    it’s    not    as    common    as    in history to get a deep understanding of the principles of Kata.
Meaning of the name Moves: 33
Hakkaku
Classification Shorei-Ryu
Style Shito Ryu
Level Advanced
The   concept   of   Hakkaku   and   the   performance   of   the   techniques   is very   close   to   the   Haufa,   Hakutsturu   and   especially   to   Hakucho.   The first   part   of   the   Kata   is   very   calm   and   fluid,   with   elegance   and   slowly speed.   But   coming   to   the   end   the   velocity   increase   as   hight   that   it   is not possible to see the special details of the hand techniques. Because   of   this   Hakkaku   is   a   perfect   symbol   for   the   crane,   how   he   is on   the   research   for   food,   while   he   is   stalking   through   the   water.   It matches   that   the   Kata   will   be   done   only   in   straight   forward   direction above a distance about 6 metre. Done   in   a   tournament   it   would   be   end   directly   in   front   of   the   main judge   with   the   last   technique   (Soe-Uke   in   Neko   Ashi   Dachi)   close   to his   nose.   The   source   of   the   Kata   is   unknown.   It’s   relationship   to Hakucho   could   mean   that   Hakkaku   was   developed   from   this   Kata,   but it    could    been    also    otherwise.    Possible    that    it    comes    from    the Matsumura   school,   which   did   include   several   Kata   of   the   White   crane style.   Hakkaku   is   in   any   case   a   Kata   of   White   crane   (Bay   he   quan, alos   known   as   Hakutsuru   Ken),   but   is   not   identical   with   the   Hakutsuru Kata.   A   version   of   Kata   Paiho   shows   in   the   first   half   nearly   the   same techniques.    Because    of    the    fact    that    Teruo    Hayashi,    founder    of Hayashi   ha      Shito   Ryu,   did   study   Ryuei   Ryu   it   could   mean   that Hakkaku   is   the   first   part   of   a   version   of   Paiho.   On   the   other   hand   this version of Paiho could be a continue of Hakkaku.
Meaning of the name Onehundred Birds Moves: 30
Hakucho
Classification Shorei-Ryu
Style Shito Ryu
Level Advanced
These   Hakucho   looks   as   similar   to   the   Kata   Hakkaku,   that   we   could give her the name Hakkaku Sho. But   it   doesn't   includes   as   many   techniques   as   Hakkaku,   nor   does   it have   similiar   dynamic.   More   than   this   it   is   a   very   calm   Kata   without any    special    technical    level.    But    a    big    part    is    the    elegance    and breathing.   The   Kata   is   without   any   high   difficulties,   and   it   is      a   good Kata   for   to   start   to   study   the   crane   school.   But   nevertheless   the techniques aren't harmless in use.
Meaning of the name Moves: 39
Hakufa
Classification Shorei-Ryu
Style Shito Ryu
Level Advanced
The    Kata    Hakufa    comes    directly    form    China    and    Chojun    Miyagi brought   it   into   the   Karate   of   Okinawa.   And   Hakufa   is   still   a   part   of   the okinawan   Goju-Ryu.   The   beginning   of   the   Kata   reminds   to   the   Kata Tensho.   Also   in   Hakufa   wie   see   circle   techniques   with   open   hands   and different ways of using Washide (crane beak). Especially   this   fist   form   of   Washide   is   a   main   part   of   the   Kata.   In   the second half of the Kata it will done 10 times in different ways. Hakufa   is   very   interesting   Kata.   A   lot   of   it’s   techniques   will   be   execute very   soft   and   slowly.   This   makes   the   Kata   special   an   gives   a   lot   of majesty.
Meaning of the name White Crane Moves: 114
Hakutsuru
Classification Shorei-Ryu
Style Shito Ryu
Level Advanced
Hakutsuru   is   known   as   the   most   mystified   and   most   important   of   all Kata   used   in   Okinawa.   It   was   a   top   secret   Kata   until   to   the   centre   of the    20th.    century    and    handed    down    to    only    a    view    students. Meanwhile    there    are    a    lot    of    Kata    with    the    name    Hakutsuru. Sometimes   also   the   Haufa   and   Hakkaku   will   be   seen   as   Hakutsuru. But   Hakkaku   and   Haufa   are   completly   different   Kata   and   have   only the technical relationship to Hakutsuru. Probably   there   are   different   interpretations   of   the   original   Hakutsuru which    was    known    also    in    Shorei-Ryu    as    well    as    in    Shorin-Ryu. Higashionna   probably   did   it   know   and   also   Sokon   Matsumura.   For sure   it   is,   that   the   Kata   was   practise   in   the   village   Kunemura,   where the residence of the chinese delegation was. The   here   described   version   is   the   Hakutsuru   no   Kunemura   and   is known   as   the   longest   of   all   public   Kata.   It   also   includes   a   lot   of techniques we find in Kata like Gankaku, Nipaipo, Patsai and others. It’s    techniques    are    with    a    special    elegance    and    mystic    which    is difficult   to   describe.   It’s   not   as   straight   and   mechanical   as   the   most   of today   known   Kata.   Hakutsuru's   faszination   is   the   kind   of   moving, which   reminds   strongly   to   the   crane.   But   tough   of   all   it’s   strangeness it    appears    natural.    It    would    be    possible    to    write    a    lot    about Hakutsuru,   or   discuss,   but   this   isn't   the   right   way   for   the   Kata.   It's maybe similar to music. It's better to listen as to speak about.
Meaning of the name 8 Directions Moves: 64
Happoren
Classification Shorei-Ryu
Style Shito Ryu
Level Advanced
Happoren   is   avery      special   Kata.   The   principles   and   idea   seems   to   be a   mix   between   Sanchin   and   Tensho.   But   this   is   no   theory   about   a relationship between this three Kata. More   than   this   Happoren   seems   to   be   a   Kata   which   is   concentrate   on the   counterparts   tension   and   relax.   In   this   way   it   includes   isometric tension   of   muscles   which   are   not   normal   for   the   crane   style.   But   it's not   for   sure   that   this   is   an   authentic   part   of   the   Kata.   Kata   are   often developed and will be handed done very seldom in their origin form. In   counterpart   to   the   number   of   movements   Happoren   is   more   short, but needs more than two minutes for doing it. This   is   based   by   the   concentration   to   breathing   and   the   slow   motion of   the   techniques.   In   fact   there   are   only   4   techniques   of   some   kind   of Tetsui   Uchi   which   will   be   done   fast.   All   other   techniques   will   be   done in    slow    and    very    slow    motion.    Nevertheless    Happoren    is    a    very difficult   Kata.   And   the   using   of   Happoren   is   very   good   for   the   health, because   of   this   that   all   movements   are   a   good   gymnastical   exercises, especially   for   the   joints.   The   alternate   name   of   Happoren   is   Paipuren. Happoren   is   one   of   a   very   few   number   of   Kata   which   can   help   to   learn to feel Chi in the palm!
Meaning of the name Moves: 35
Haufa
Classification Shorei-Ryu
Style Shito Ryu
Level Advanced
Haufa   is   a   very   short   Kata.   It   begins   like   Hakkaku   or   Hakutsuru.   But the   main   point   is   to   teach   the   Kakiwake   Uke,   Kuri   Uke   and   especially the Haito Uchi. These   techniques   will   be   repeat   three   times   with   single   hand   and   five times   with   both   hands.   Important   is   the   right   use   of   biomechanics   by using a special insertion of the shoulder. With   the   slowl   and   calm   movements   of   the   body   Haufa   has   a   lot   of elegance,    but    suddenly    the    techniques    of    the    arms    rising    an unexpactable   velocity.   And   by   the   fact   that   the   Kata   don't   looks versatile and advanced the possible Bunkai is versatile. Also    fact    is    that    it’s    techniques,    because    of    the    the    special biomechanics,   are   with   strong   power.   In   fact   the   old   techniques   of White crane style are very dangerous  used in the right way. Mostly   of   the   punching   and   pushing   techniques   are   done   with   open hands,   but   it's   effect   and   power   is   even   higher   than   comparable techniques with closed fists. 
Meaning of the name Moves: 31
Shinpa
Classification Shorei-Ryu
Style Shito Ryu
Level Advanced
It's   unknown   where   this   Kata   comes   from.   According   to   Kenei   Mabuni it's   a   chinese   form.   And   becauce   of   the   techniques   like   Kuri   Uke   and Washide, we can add the Kata to the white crane style. The   Kata   is   very   short   and   Kuri   Uke   and   the   following   Gyaku   zuki   will be repeated again and again. Shinpa shows no versatil technique, but is difficult to learn. Espeically   the   turn   after   the   Mae   Geri   needs   a   special   using   of   the hips. The   Kata   is   known   in   the   schools   of   Shito-Ryu,   but   will   be   done seldom.
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