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Gekisai Katas

Dai means large and sho means small. Such labeling of katas is simply an alternative to using numbers. Sai means fortress or stronghold, geki means breakdown. Kata teaches strength through motion and the utilization of attack and response will always be superior to, and thus defeat , rigid and inflexible brute strength.

Gekisai Ichi

Gekisai Ni




    Meaning big wave, stands for the principle that no matter how large the problem that faces you, with determination and a strong bushido spirit you can break through.






Seienchin means conqueror and subdue over a distance, or attack the rebellious outpost. In feudal Japan,  Samurai warriors would go on expeditions lasting months or longer. They needed to maintain their strength and spirit over long periods of time. This kata is long and slow, with many movements performed from the kiba dachi stance. Often the legs become painfully tired, and the importance of maintaining a strong spirit becomes clearly evident. Sepai is the Okinawan pronunciation of the kanji characters for 18 (pronounced Ju Hachi in Japanese). In other karate styles, this kata is sometimes called Seipaite, or eighteen hands. The number 18 is derived from the Buddhist concept of 6 x 3, where six represents color, voice, taste, smell, touch and justice and three represents good, bad and peace.





Sanchin Kata
Sushiho means 54 steps. Sushiho is derived from the words Useshi, the Okinawan pronunciation of the kanji characters for 54 (pronounced Go Ju Shi in Japanese), and Ho, meaning walk or step. Other karate styles call this advanced kata Gojushiho. This kata, symbolically speaking, serves as a tool to remind us of the impact the steps we take in our daily lives has on our destiny. The steps we took in the past are linked to those we are taking today, which as a result will have an effect in those taken in the future. So we can say, that the achievements of today are a consequence of steps taken (hard work) in the near or far past. Also, this kata reminds us of our roots, family, teachers or those who also, taking their own steps in live contributed to where you are today.

This is the oldest kata in karate-do. Certain legends attribute the creation of Sanchin to Bodhidharma in the early sixth century.Created by Kanryo Higashionna from Chinese sources with harder ibuki (breathing) added by his successor, Chojun Miyagi. Loosely translated sanchin mean 'three points' or three phases' a reference to the fact that sanchin seeks to develop three elements at a time.

  1. The mind, the body and the techniques.
  2. The internal organs, the blood circulation and the nervous system
  3. And the three located in
    • the top of the head (tento)
    • the diaphragm (hara)
    • the lower abdomen (tanden)

Sanchin is an isometric kata where each motion is performed in a state of complete tension accompanied by powerful, deep breathing. It is aimed at strengthening the muscles and developing a strong stance and proper breathing. Its practice leads to the development of the inner power (ki) and to the coordination of mind and body. It teaches basic footwork, hand and blocking techniques.



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