Jion
Meaning of the name Music of the temple Moves: 51
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
Jion   is   one   of   the   pilars   of   Shotokan.   For   this   reason   it   will   be   teached   soon   after   the Heian   Kata.   Less   other   Kata   of   the   style   has   an   comparable   effect   on   the   quadrizeps of   the   legs.   Jion   is   a   very   powerfull   kata.   Which   is   to   see   even   in   the   slow   performed techniques where a highly tension will be used. For more Details: Shito-Ryu Jion.
Ji’in
Meaning of the name Ground of the temple Moves: 39
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
Two   version   of   the   Kata   exist   in   different   schools   of   Shotokan.   This   is   especially interesting   because   of   the   fact   that   the   Kata   will   be   done   seldom.   Some   of   its specialities   are   Kosa   Uke   and   the   spinnings   over   the   back   performing   Tetsui   Uchi   or Manji   Uke   based   on   the   version.   The   Kata   demands   the   muscle   of   the   legs   and   a   good and straight pose which is necessary for the difficult spinning movements. For more Details: Shito-Ryu Ji’in.
Jitte
Meaning of the name Ten hands Moves: 29
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
The   Jitte   of   Shotokan   has   some   more   techniques   like   the   te   zukami   done   in   Sagi   Ashi Dachi.   Some   techniques   are   performed   more   slowly.   And   the   Ashi   Barai   before   Yama Uke   don't   exist   in   the   original   version.   Though   especially   this   movement   is   very   good for   to   increase   the   power   of   the   middle   section   of   the   body.   And   this   is   very   useful   in close combat. So this Jitte is a good Kata for to improve power. For more Details: Shito-Ryu Jitte.
Bassai Dai
Meaning of the name Breackthrough the Fortress (big) Moves: 55
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
The   roots   of   the   Kata   can   be   find   in   the   17th.   century   searching   a   Kata   named   Patsai which   came   from   chinese   Quan   Fa.   Probably   the   Tomari   Bassai   has   the   closest relationship to the original form. Bassai   Dai   itself   is   from   Yasutsune   Itosu   and   includes   elments   from   Tomari   Bassai   and Matsumura Bassai. The   Shotkan   version   is   nearly   similar   to   the   Shito-Ryu   version.   Two   techniques   has been   added   and   the   Yama   zuki   will   be   done   in   a   different   way,   which   seems   to   be more chinese way. For more Details: Shito-Ryu Bassai Dai.
Bassai Sho
Meaning of the name Breackthrough the Fortress (small) Moves: 34
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
Bassai Sho is a seldom used Kata in Shotokan. And in competition rarely to see. But   this   is   not   what   the   Kata   diserve.   Performed   on   the   right   way   with   the   right   timing it has beautifull changes between dynamic and elegance. Compared   with   the   original   version   of   Itosu   wie   can   find   a   number   of   changings. Especially   in   the   midpart   of   the   Kata.   In   the   old   version   a   Mae   Geri   is   done   where Shotokan   is   using   a   Kansetsu   Geri   (Gedan   Yoko   Geri).   Completly   different   is   the   end of   the   Kata.   In   original   it   is   done   like   Heian   Shodan,   but   Shotokan   is   using   a   reverse Ashi Barai in combination with zukami techniques. For more Details: Shito-Ryu Bassai Sho.
Empi
Meaning of the name Flight of the swallow Moves: 47
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
The   Empi   of   Shotokan   has   been   developed   from   Tomari   Wanshu.   But   the   Enbusen   as well   as   the   techniques   are   different.   Also   the   spirit   of   the   Kata   is   not   the   same.   In Empi   we   see   a   fast   changing   of   the   attacked   area   between   Jodan   and   Chudan.   The Kata   shows   a   high   speed   and   also   fast   changings   of   direction.   It   reminds   on   the   flight of a swallow. For more Details: Tomari Wanshu
Kanku Dai
Meaning of the name Look to the sky (groß) Moves: 71
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Advanced
Kanku   dai   is   the   typical   Kata   of   Shotokan.   The   Kata   demands   a   good   enduration   and is very good to gain power. The   remarkable   changings   beside   the   replace   of   Mae   Geri   with   Yoko   Geri   ist   the technique   Ura   zuki   and   the   following   ducking   to   the   ground.   Furthermore   there   are   no more   other   changings   than   the   typical   Shotokan   Kihon,   biomechanic   and   stances.   The original   name   Kosokun   has   been   replaced   in   Kanku   what   means   "view   to   the   sky"   and has it's reason in the first movement of the Kata. For more Details: Kosokun Dai
The following Kata are from Shuri/Tormari original. For Shotokan they have been changed more or less. The speciality of the Shotokan Kihon is to find in the way of using the hips. Bassai Sho and Kanku Sho has been added from Shito-Ryu.
Kanku Sho
Meaning of the name Look to the sky (klein) Moves: 63
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Advanced
Kanku   Sho   is   very   different   ot   Kanku   Dai.   Interesting   is,   that   it   have   a   combination which we also can find in Rohai Sandan. This is similar to Kosokun Sho. The Kata has been taken from Mabuni’s Shito Ryu and has been changed just a litte. So   the   first   jump   in   the   Kata   is   in   the   original   version   a   spinning   movement.   Also   the combination   after   Uraken   Uchi   in   Kosa   Dachi   has   been   changed.   In   the   old   styles there also will be done Age Uke and Gyaku zuki after turning. For more Details: Kosokun Sho
Hangetsu
Meaning of the name Half moon Moves: 44
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Advanced
Hangetsu   is   identical   to   the   Seishan   of   Shuri-te   which   has   not   more   than   a   very   little similarity   to   the   Seisun   of   Nahe-te.   So   there   are   misunderstandigs   of   the   roots   of Hangetsu   as   a   Naha-te   Kata.   Compared   with   Seishan   Hangetsu   shows   difference   in the   midsection   where   turnings   on   one   leg   will   be   done.   In   Shotokan   it's   the   only   Kata where   strong   breathing   techniques   are   in   use   which   reminds   to   the   kind   of   breathing of   Naha-te.   The   name   of   the   Kata   comes   from   the   name   of   the   used   stance   Hangetsu Dachi   (half   moon   stance).   It's   a   very   strong   stance   and   good   for   to   break   the opponents   balance.   Because   of   the   specialities   of   the   Kata   we   can   see   it   as   a   very valuable Kata of Shotokan. For more Details: Seishan
Gankaku
Meaning of the name Crane on the rock Moves: 45
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Advanced
The   Gankaku   of   Shotokan   is   very   similar   to   the   Chinto   of   Shito-Ryu.   Beside   the stances   the   main   different   is   the   using   of   Yoko   Geri   instead   for   Mae   Geri.   Compared with   Chinto   and   especially   with   Tomari   Chinto   the   roots   of   the   white   crane   style   are fading.   Because   after   doing   Manji   Uke   a   Yoko   Geri   will   be   performed   it's   more   difficult to   keep   balance   as   in   Chinto.   This   makes   the   Kata   to   one   of   the   most   difficult   of Shotokan. For more Details: Chinto
Jion Ji’in Jitte
Bassai Dai Bassai Sho Empi
Kanku Dai Kanku Sho Hangetsu Gankaku
Meaning of the name Music of the temple Moves: 51
Jion
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
Jion   is   one   of   the   pilars   of   Shotokan.   For   this   reason   it   will   be   teached soon    after    the    Heian    Kata.    Less    other    Kata    of    the    style    has    an comparable    effect    on    the    quadrizeps    of    the    legs.    Jion    is    a    very powerfull   kata.   Which   is   to   see   even   in   the   slow   performed   techniques where a highly tension will be used. For more Details: Shito-Ryu Jion.
The   following   Kata   are   from   Shuri/Tormari   original.   For   Shotokan they have been changed more or less. The   speciality   of   the   Shotokan   Kihon   is   to   find   in   the   way   of   using the hips. Bassai Sho and Kanku Sho has been added from Shito-Ryu.
Meaning of the name Ground of the temple Moves: 39
Ji’in
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
Two   version   of   the   Kata   exist   in   different   schools   of   Shotokan.   This   is especially   interesting   because   of   the   fact   that   the   Kata   will   be   done seldom.   Some   of   its   specialities   are   Kosa   Uke   and   the   spinnings   over the   back   performing   Tetsui   Uchi   or   Manji   Uke   based   on   the   version. The   Kata   demands   the   muscle   of   the   legs   and   a   good   and   straight pose which is necessary for the difficult spinning movements. For more Details: Shito-Ryu Ji’in.
Meaning of the name Ten hands Moves: 29
Jitte
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
The   Jitte   of   Shotokan   has   some   more   techniques   like   the   te   zukami done    in    Sagi    Ashi    Dachi.    Some    techniques    are    performed    more slowly.   And   the   Ashi   Barai   before   Yama   Uke   don't   exist   in   the   original version.   Though   especially   this   movement   is   very   good   for   to   increase the   power   of   the   middle   section   of   the   body.   And   this   is   very   useful   in close combat. So this Jitte is a good Kata for to improve power. For more Details: Shito-Ryu Jitte.
Meaning of the name Breackthrough   the   Fortress (big) Moves: 55
Bassai Dai
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
The   roots   of   the   Kata   can   be   find   in   the   17th.   century   searching   a Kata   named   Patsai   which   came   from   chinese   Quan   Fa.   Probably   the Tomari Bassai has the closest relationship to the original form. Bassai   Dai   itself   is   from   Yasutsune   Itosu   and   includes   elments   from Tomari Bassai and Matsumura Bassai. The   Shotkan   version   is   nearly   similar   to   the   Shito-Ryu   version.   Two techniques   has   been   added   and   the   Yama   zuki   will   be   done   in   a different way, which seems to be more chinese way. For more Details: Shito-Ryu Bassai Dai.
Meaning of the name Breackthrough   the   Fortress (small) Moves: 34
Bassai Sho
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
Bassai   Sho   is   a   seldom   used   Kata   in   Shotokan.   And   in   competition rarely to see. But   this   is   not   what   the   Kata   diserve.   Performed   on   the   right   way   with the    right    timing    it    has    beautifull    changes    between    dynamic    and elegance. Compared   with   the   original   version   of   Itosu   wie   can   find   a   number   of changings.   Especially   in   the   midpart   of   the   Kata.   In   the   old   version   a Mae   Geri   is   done   where   Shotokan   is   using   a   Kansetsu   Geri   (Gedan Yoko   Geri).   Completly   different   is   the   end   of   the   Kata.   In   original   it   is done   like   Heian   Shodan,   but   Shotokan   is   using   a   reverse   Ashi   Barai   in combination with zukami techniques. For more Details: Shito-Ryu Bassai Sho.
Meaning of the name Flight of the swallow Moves: 47
Empi
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
The   Empi   of   Shotokan   has   been   developed   from   Tomari   Wanshu.   But the   Enbusen   as   well   as   the   techniques   are   different.   Also   the   spirit   of the   Kata   is   not   the   same.   In   Empi   we   see   a   fast   changing   of   the attacked   area   between   Jodan   and   Chudan.   The   Kata   shows   a   high speed   and   also   fast   changings   of   direction.   It   reminds   on   the   flight   of a swallow. For more Details: Tomari Wanshu
Meaning of the name Look to the sky (groß) Moves: 71
Kanku Dai
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Advanced
Kanku   dai   is   the   typical   Kata   of   Shotokan.   The   Kata   demands   a   good enduration and is very good to gain power. The   remarkable   changings   beside   the   replace   of   Mae   Geri   with   Yoko Geri   ist   the   technique   Ura   zuki   and   the   following   ducking   to   the ground.   Furthermore   there   are   no   more   other   changings   than   the typical   Shotokan   Kihon,   biomechanic   and   stances.   The   original   name Kosokun   has   been   replaced   in   Kanku   what   means   "view   to   the   sky" and has it's reason in the first movement of the Kata. For more Details: Kosokun Dai
Meaning of the name Schau zum Himmel (klein) Moves: 63
Kanku Sho
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Advanced
Kanku   Sho   unterscheidet   sich   sehr   von   Kanku   Dai.   Interessant   ist, dasss   sie   eine   Kombination   aus   Rohai   Sandan   enthält,   was   aber   auch für die Kosokun Sho gilt. Ins   Shotokan   wurde   sie   aus   Mabuni’s   Shito   Ryu   übernommen   und geringfügig   verändert.   So   wird   der   Sprung,   im   Mittelteil   der   Kata,   im Original   lediglich   als      Drehung      um      die   Körperachse      ausgeführt.   Und auch   die,   dem   Uraken   Uchi   in   Kosa   Dachi,   folgende   Kombination wurde   stark   verändert,   so   wird   hier   im   Original   Age   Uke   und   Gyaku zuki geübt. Für mehr Details siehe: Kosokun Sho
Meaning of the name Half moon Moves: 44
Hangetsu
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Advanced
Hangetsu   is   identical   to   the   Seishan   of   Shuri-te   which   has   not   more than   a   very   little   similarity   to   the   Seisun   of   Nahe-te.   So   there   are misunderstandigs    of    the    roots    of    Hangetsu    as    a    Naha-te    Kata. Compared   with   Seishan   Hangetsu   shows   difference   in   the   midsection where   turnings   on   one   leg   will   be   done.   In   Shotokan   it's   the   only   Kata where   strong   breathing   techniques   are   in   use   which   reminds   to   the kind   of   breathing   of   Naha-te.   The   name   of   the   Kata   comes   from   the name   of   the   used   stance   Hangetsu   Dachi   (half   moon   stance).   It's   a very   strong   stance   and   good   for   to   break   the   opponents   balance. Because   of   the   specialities   of   the   Kata   we   can   see   it   as   a   very valuable Kata of Shotokan. For more Details: Seishan
Meaning of the name Crane on the rock Moves: 45
Gankaku
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Advanced
The   Gankaku   of   Shotokan   is   very   similar   to   the   Chinto   of   Shito-Ryu. Beside   the   stances   the   main   different   is   the   using   of   Yoko   Geri   instead for   Mae   Geri.   Compared   with   Chinto   and   especially   with   Tomari   Chinto the   roots   of   the   white   crane   style   are   fading.   Because   after   doing Manji   Uke   a   Yoko   Geri   will   be   performed   it's   more   difficult   to   keep balance   as   in   Chinto.   This   makes   the   Kata   to   one   of   the   most   difficult of Shotokan. For more Details: Chinto
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