Chinte
Meaning of the name Seldom hand Moves: 38
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
Chinte   is   a   seldom   seen   Kata   in   Shotokan.   Sometimes   it   is   classified   as   a   Kata   for women.   This   is   based   on   the   Nihon   Nukite   aiming   to   the   opponents   eyes.   A   technique which   don’t   need   strong   power.   But   in   fact   the   power   of   Karate   comes   from   the quality   of   the   performance   and   not   from   the   power   of   the   muscles.   Because   of   this   it’s wrong to see the Kata as a Kata for women. The   changings   of   Chinte   are   mainly   in   the   stances.   And   the   3   jumps   at   the   end   of Kata   don't   exist   in   the   old   version.   Though   they   are   a   good   exercise   for   a   special   kind of Yori Ashi. For more Details: Shito-Ryu Chinte.
Meikyo
Meaning of the name Cleaning the Mirror Moves: 37
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
It’s   often   said   that   Meikyo   is   the   Shotokan   version   of   Kata   Rohai.   Reason   for   this   is   a similiar   movement   at   the   beginning   of   the   both   Kata.   But   this   is   the   only   similiarity   to Rohai. Fact   is,   that   Yasutsune   Itosu   as   a   student   of   Matsumura   did   learn   Matsumura’s   version of   Rohai.   Itosu   himself   did   create   the   Rohai   Shodan,   which   is   much   shorter   than   the original. And alss he made Rohai Nidan and Rohai Sandan. In   counterpart   to   the   Naifanchin   Kata   which   has   been   separated   in   three   parts,   Itosu did   create   two   completly   new   Rohai   Kata,   which   are   not   comparable   to   Rohai   or   Rohai Shodan.   Watching   the   three   Itosu   Kata   Rohai   Shodan,   Nidan   and   Sandan   we   find   all techniques and concepts which we find in Kata Meikyo. Because   of   this   I   like   to   say   that   this   three   Rohai   Kata   are   in   a   close   relationship   to the   Kata   Meikyo.   And   that   the   Kata   Meikyo   is   a   summary   of   them.   Though   in   Meikyo the   Sagi   Ashi   Dachi,   of   the   traditional   Rohai,   is   missing.   Furthermore   Meikyo   includes with   the   Sankaku   Tobi   a   very   special   way   of   jumping.   In   this   jump   a   special   turnstile is   in   use   and   so   it's   in   fact   possible   to   jump   in   a   kind   of   horizontal   curved   arched.   And this allows the using of a special throwing technique on the end of the jump. It's   not   for   sure   who   made   the   Kata   Meikyo.   But   it   is   to   suppose   that   the   Kata   has been   made   in   the   Shotokan   style,   based   on   the   contacts   to   the   Shito-Ryu   school   of Kenwa Mabuni. As   a   candidate   for   the   development   of   Meikyo   Yoshitaka   Funakoshi   could   be   placed into the first row. For more Details: Rohai Shodan    Rohai Nidan    Rohai Sandan Note: No   proof   is   known   that   the   Kata   Meikyo   Nidan   and   Meiyko   Sandan,   which   come   public in 90th by Tetsuhiko Asai are historical Kata. Even Meikyo itself ins’t really historic. The   roots   of   these   Kata   are   unknown   but   there   are   hinds   that   Tetsuhiko   Asai   has   to   do with   it.   2002   I   met   Asai   personally   and   did   have   a   very   good   talk   with   him   during dinner.
The following Kata (except Meikyo and Sochin) has been taken from Mabuni’s Shito Ryu and has been changed more or less. The speciality of the Shotokan Kihon is to find in the way of using the hips.
Wankan
Meaning of the name Kings Crown Moves: 28
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
The   Wankan   has   been   developede   from   Kata   Matsukaze.   But   Wankan   is   shorter   and some   combinations   has   been   exchanged   with   completly   new   one.   But   it's   still   to   see that   it   has   been   developed   from   Matsukaze.   Though   the   changings   are   as   many   that   it is   possible   to   see   it   as   a   new   Kata.   And   though   the   Kata   is   very   short   it   has   an interesting   and   advanced   fighting   system.   But   some   techniques   like   Ashi   Barai   at   the beginning   will   be   done   hidden.   That   means   the   movement   will   be   start   but   not performed completly. For more Details: Matsukaze
Nijushiho
Meaning of the name 24 steps Moves: 38
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Nijushiho
Nijushiho   has   been   developed   from   Niseishi   from   the   Shito-Ryu   style.   This   happend, as   well   as   by   some   more   Kata,   because   of   Gichin   Funakoshis   connection   to   Kenwa Mabuni.   The   changes   we   see   is   in   stances   and   the   sidewise   movements   in   Kiba   Dachi performing   Tate   Empi,   Gedan   Barai.   This   Yori   Ashi   movement   don’t   exist   in   the original   version,   which   also   prefers   Mae   Geri.   The   changing   to   Yoko   Gery   was   made   by Tetsuhiko   Asai.   According   to   some   Shotokan   Master   the   Kata   should   be   done   without any rest, like flowing water. For more Details: Nijushiho
Sochin
Meaning of the name Calm power Moves: 42
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Nijushiho
A   lot   of   rumours   for   the   roots   of   Sochin   exists.   But   it   seems   to   be   sure   that   it   is   a work   of   Yoshitaka   Funakoshi.   So   it   has   nothing   to   do   with   the   Sochin   from   Aragaki. Shotokan   Sochin   is   a   new   Kata.   It   teaches   a   powerful   kind   of   fighting   with   techniques for   close   combat.   The   performance   of   Nihon   zuki   in   Fudo   Dachi   (Sochin   Dachi)   needs a   difficult   using   of   the   hips.   The   Kata   demands   a   good   balance   for   the   turnings. Especially by doing Yoko Geri. Also the power of the legs are asked for doing the Kata.
Unsu
Meaning of the name Clouds storm Moves: 58
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Nijushiho
The   Unsu   got   a   lot   of   changings   in   Shotokan.   Many   techniques   and   combinations   are recreated.   So   the   original   Ushiro   Geri   has   been   exchanged   with   Mawashi   Geri.   And   a lot   of   very   fine   techniques   are   no   more   straight.   The   end   of   the   Kata   has   been   cut   on the   end   so   it’s   a   bit   shorter   than   Unsu.   Also   the   dynamic   has   been   changed   and   more power   is   in   use.   Done   in   advanced   level   the   Kata   should   be   performed   without   any stop like Nijushiho. For more Details: Shito Ryu Unshu
Gojushiho Dai
Meaning of the name 54 Steps (big) Moves: 72
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Nijushiho
The   here   described   Gojushiho   Dai   uses   Shihon   Nukite   in   Zenkutsu   Dachi   and   is   similar to the Gojushiho of Shito-Ryu. The   fact   that   in   all   other   cases   where   a   Kata   is   known   in   a   Dai   and   a   Sho   Version,   the Dai   Version   is   more   similar   to   the   original   Version,   supports   the   opinion   of   Master Hirokazu   Kanazawa,   that   this   version   is   the   real   or   former   Gojushiho   Dai.   Because   of the   fact   that   Kanazwa   did   study   Shotokan   under   the   eyes   of   Gichin   Funakoshi   himself his opinion has a remarkable value. It's unknown beside of rumors why the names has been changed. As   the   Kata   comes   original   from   Aragaki-te   (Useishi)   it   should   be   count   to   Naha-te. But for Shuri-te it’s Kihon has changed as much that this is not correct any more. In   first   view   it   seems   to   be   easy   to   learn   the   Kata,   but   in   real   it's   very   difficult   and keeps a lot of time to develop the correct dynamic of the techniques. For more Details: Shito Ryu Gojushiho
Gojushiho Sho
Meaning of the name 54 Steps (small) Moves: 73
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Nijushiho
The    here    described    Gojushiho    Sho    uses    Ippon    Nukite    in    Neko    Ashi    Dachi    and temporarly has been named Hotaku (woodpeaker) by Gichin Funakoshi. And   it's   easy   to   image   a   woodpeaker   hitting   a   tree   with   his   beak   by   seeing   Ippon Nukite technique. Though   the   Kata   is   almost   identical   to   Gojushiho   Dai   in   optical   view,   the   Enbusen   is very   different.   The   reason   for   this   ist   the   use   of   Neko   Ashi   Dachi.   Also   it   is   the   only Kata of Shotokan where Washide is included. For more Details: Shito Ryu Gojushiho Rumors: In   the   80th   there   was   a   rumor   that   the   names   of   the   Kata   has   been   changed,   because a   competitor   did   call   the   wrong   name.   For   to   avoid   disqualification   officials   from Shotokan did confirm the name. So the changing of the names was fact. The   source   of   this   rumor   is   unknown,   so   it   is   not   without   doubts   and   has   to   take carefully. On   the   other   hand,   every   style   has   the   right   to   create   an   own   Karate,   to   take   Kata from other styles, to change them and even to rename them.
Chinte Meikyo Wankan
Nijushiho Sochin Unsu
Gojushiho Dai Gojushiho Sho
Meaning of the name Seldom hand Moves: 38
Chinte
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
Chinte   is   a   seldom   seen   Kata   in   Shotokan.   Sometimes   it   is   classified as   a   Kata   for   women.   This   is   based   on   the   Nihon   Nukite   aiming   to   the opponents   eyes.   A   technique   which   don’t   need   strong   power.   But   in fact   the   power   of   Karate   comes   from   the   quality   of   the   performance and   not   from   the   power   of   the   muscles.   Because   of   this   it’s   wrong   to see the Kata as a Kata for women. The   changings   of   Chinte   are   mainly   in   the   stances.   And   the   3   jumps at   the   end   of   Kata   don't   exist   in   the   old   version.   Though   they   are   a good exercise for a special kind of Yori Ashi. For more Details: Shito-Ryu Chinte.
The   following   Kata   (except   Meikyo   and   Sochin)   has   been   taken   from Mabuni’s Shito Ryu and has been changed more or less. The   speciality   of   the   Shotokan   Kihon   is   to   find   in   the   way   of   using the hips.
Meaning of the name Cleaning the Mirror Moves: 37
Meikyo
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
It’s   often   said   that   Meikyo   is   the   Shotokan   version   of   Kata   Rohai. Reason   for   this   is   a   similiar   movement   at   the   beginning   of   the   both Kata. But this is the only similiarity to Rohai. Fact   is,   that   Yasutsune   Itosu   as   a   student   of   Matsumura   did   learn Matsumura’s   version   of   Rohai.   Itosu   himself   did   create   the   Rohai Shodan,   which   is   much   shorter   than   the   original.   And   alss   he   made Rohai Nidan and Rohai Sandan. In   counterpart   to   the   Naifanchin   Kata   which   has   been   separated   in three   parts,   Itosu   did   create   two   completly   new   Rohai   Kata,   which   are not   comparable   to   Rohai   or   Rohai   Shodan.   Watching   the   three   Itosu Kata   Rohai   Shodan,   Nidan   and   Sandan   we   find   all   techniques   and concepts which we find in Kata Meikyo. Because   of   this   I   like   to   say   that   this   three   Rohai   Kata   are   in   a   close relationship    to    the    Kata    Meikyo.    And    that    the    Kata    Meikyo    is    a summary   of   them.   Though   in   Meikyo   the   Sagi   Ashi   Dachi,   of   the traditional   Rohai,   is   missing.   Furthermore   Meikyo   includes   with   the Sankaku   Tobi   a   very   special   way   of   jumping.   In   this   jump   a   special turnstile   is   in   use   and   so   it's   in   fact   possible   to   jump   in   a   kind   of horizontal    curved    arched.    And    this    allows    the    using    of    a    special throwing technique on the end of the jump. It's   not   for   sure   who   made   the   Kata   Meikyo.   But   it   is   to   suppose   that the   Kata   has   been   made   in   the   Shotokan   style,   based   on   the   contacts to the Shito-Ryu school of Kenwa Mabuni. As   a   candidate   for   the   development   of   Meikyo   Yoshitaka   Funakoshi could be placed into the first row. For more Details: Rohai Shodan  Rohai Nidan  Rohai Sandan   Note: No   proof   is   known   that   the   Kata   Meikyo   Nidan   and   Meiyko   Sandan, which   come   public   in   90th   by   Tetsuhiko   Asai   are   historical   Kata.   Even Meikyo itself ins’t really historic. The    roots    of    these    Kata    are    unknown    but    there    are    hinds    that Tetsuhiko   Asai   has   to   do   with   it.   2002   I   met   Asai   personally   and   did have a very good talk with him during dinner.
Meaning of the name Kings Crown Moves: 28
Wankan
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Medium
The   Wankan   has   been   developede   from   Kata   Matsukaze.   But   Wankan is   shorter   and   some   combinations   has   been   exchanged   with   completly new    one.    But    it's    still    to    see    that    it    has    been    developed    from Matsukaze.   Though   the   changings   are   as   many   that   it   is   possible   to see   it   as   a   new   Kata.   And   though   the   Kata   is   very   short   it   has   an interesting   and   advanced   fighting   system.   But   some   techniques   like Ashi   Barai   at   the   beginning   will   be   done   hidden.   That   means   the movement will be start but not performed completly. For more Details: Matsukaze
Meaning of the name 24 steps Moves: 38
Nijushiho
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Advanced
Nijushiho   has   been   developed   from   Niseishi   from   the   Shito-Ryu   style. This   happend,   as   well   as   by   some   more   Kata,   because   of   Gichin Funakoshis   connection   to   Kenwa   Mabuni.   The   changes   we   see   is   in stances   and   the   sidewise   movements   in   Kiba   Dachi   performing   Tate Empi,    Gedan    Barai.    This    Yori    Ashi    movement    don’t    exist    in    the original   version,   which   also   prefers   Mae   Geri.   The   changing   to   Yoko Gery    was    made    by    Tetsuhiko    Asai.    According    to    some    Shotokan Master the Kata should be done without any rest, like flowing water. For more Details: Nijushiho
Meaning of the name Calm power Moves: 42
Sochin
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Advanced
A   lot   of   rumours   for   the   roots   of   Sochin   exists.   But   it   seems   to   be sure   that   it   is   a   work   of   Yoshitaka   Funakoshi.   So   it   has   nothing   to   do with   the   Sochin   from   Aragaki.   Shotokan   Sochin   is   a   new   Kata.   It teaches   a   powerful   kind   of   fighting   with   techniques   for   close   combat. The   performance   of   Nihon   zuki   in   Fudo   Dachi   (Sochin   Dachi)   needs   a difficult   using   of   the   hips.   The   Kata   demands   a   good   balance   for   the turnings.   Especially   by   doing   Yoko   Geri.   Also   the   power   of   the   legs   are asked for doing the Kata.
Meaning of the name Clouds storm Moves: 58
Unsu
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Advanced
The   Unsu   got   a   lot   of   changings   in   Shotokan.   Many   techniques   and combinations   are   recreated.   So   the   original   Ushiro   Geri   has   been exchanged   with   Mawashi   Geri.   And   a   lot   of   very   fine   techniques   are no   more   straight.   The   end   of   the   Kata   has   been   cut   on   the   end   so   it’s a   bit   shorter   than   Unsu.   Also   the   dynamic   has   been   changed   and more   power   is   in   use.   Done   in   advanced   level   the   Kata   should   be performed without any stop like Nijushiho. For more Details: Shito Ryu Unshu
Meaning of the name 54 Steps (big) Moves: 72
Gojushiho Dai
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Advanced
The   here   described   Gojushiho   Dai   uses   Shihon   Nukite   in   Zenkutsu Dachi and is similar to the Gojushiho of Shito-Ryu. The   fact   that   in   all   other   cases   where   a   Kata   is   known   in   a   Dai   and   a Sho   Version,   the   Dai   Version   is   more   similar   to   the   original   Version, supports   the   opinion   of   Master   Hirokazu   Kanazawa,   that   this   version is   the   real   or   former   Gojushiho   Dai.   Because   of   the   fact   that   Kanazwa did   study   Shotokan   under   the   eyes   of   Gichin   Funakoshi   himself   his opinion has a remarkable value. It's unknown beside of rumors why the names has been changed. As   the   Kata   comes   original   from   Aragaki-te   (Useishi)   it   should   be count   to   Naha-te.   But   for   Shuri-te   it’s   Kihon   has   changed   as   much that this is not correct any more. In   first   view   it   seems   to   be   easy   to   learn   the   Kata,   but   in   real   it's   very difficult   and   keeps   a   lot   of   time   to   develop   the   correct   dynamic   of   the techniques. For more Details: Shito Ryu Gojushiho
Meaning of the name 54 Steps (small) Moves: 73
Gojushiho Sho
Classification Shorin-Ryu
Style Shotokan
Level Advanced
The   here   described   Gojushiho   Sho   uses   Ippon   Nukite   in   Neko   Ashi Dachi    and    temporarly    has    been    named    Hotaku    (woodpeaker)    by Gichin Funakoshi. And   it's   easy   to   image   a   woodpeaker   hitting   a   tree   with   his   beak   by seeing Ippon Nukite technique. Though   the   Kata   is   almost   identical   to   Gojushiho   Dai   in   optical   view, the   Enbusen   is   very   different.   The   reason   for   this   ist   the   use   of   Neko Ashi   Dachi.   Also   it   is   the   only   Kata   of   Shotokan   where   Washide   is included. For more Details: Shito Ryu Gojushiho Rumors: In   the   80th   there   was   a   rumor   that   the   names   of   the   Kata   has   been changed,   because   a   competitor   did   call   the   wrong   name.   For   to   avoid disqualification   officials   from   Shotokan   did   confirm   the   name.   So   the changing of the names was fact. The   source   of   this   rumor   is   unknown,   so   it   is   not   without   doubts   and has to take carefully. On   the   other   hand,   every   style   has   the   right   to   create   an   own   Karate, to   take   Kata   from   other   styles,   to   change   them   and   even   to   rename them.
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