Kata Heian Shodan Shotokan Karate

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Kata Heian Shodan

Kata Heian Shodan

this kata contains 21 movements. One very significant part of the kata is the timing of the three age-uke and the three oi-tsuki. Heian Shodan translates as ‘Peaceful Mind – level one’.

The techniques you will find in this Kata are:

  • Gedan barai
  • Age uke
  • Oi Zuki
  • Tetsui Uchi
  • Shuto Uke

The stances you will find in Heian Shodan are:

  • Zenkutso Dachi

Heian Shodan Step by Step

  1. 1. Hidari Gedan Barai; look to your left, step to your left with your left leg into Zenkutso Dachi, and execute a Gedan Barai with your left hand.
  2. Migi chudan Oi zuki; step straight ahead with your right leg into Zenkutso Dachi and execute a middle punch with your right hand.
  3. Migi Gedan Barai; look to your right, pivot 180°. As you are stepping into the Zenkutso Dachi execute a Gedan Barai with your right hand.
  4. Migi tetsui-uchi; pull the right foot back half a step, step forward into a right zenkutsu dachi and swing your right hand back across the front of your body in a circular movement ending in a downward tettsui uchi. This should be executed using a large, circular motion in which the hammer fist is brought up over your head before striking the target. As the strike is performed, slide the front foot back so that the length of the front stance is cut in half.
  5. Hidari chudan Oi Tzuki; step straight ahead with your left leg into zenkutsu dachi and execute an Oi Tzuki with your left hand.
  6. Hidari Gedan Barai; look to your left, pivot 90°. As you are stepping into the front stance perform a lower level downward block with your left hand.
  7. Migi Age Uke; immediately execute left Age Uke and open hand.
    Now step forward with the right leg into the front stance and execute an upper-level rising block with the right hand.
  8. Hidari Age Uke; step forward with the left leg into the front stance and execute an upper level rising block with the left hand.
  9. Migi Age Uke; step forward with the right leg into the front stance and execute an upper-level rising block with the right hand. Kiai on the second rising block.
  10. Hidari Gedan Barai; look to your right, pivot 270°, step out with your left foot into front stance, and perform a downward block with your left hand.
  11. Migi chudan Oi Tzuki; step straight ahead with your right leg into front stance and execute a middle-level lunge punch with your right hand.
  12. Migi Gedan Barai; look over your right shoulder, pivot 180° in the direction that you are looking, and step out with your right leg. As you are stepping into the front stance, execute a lower level downward block with your right hand.
  13. Hidari chudan oi-zuki; step straight ahead with your left leg into front stance and execute a middle-level lunge punch with your left hand.
  14. Hidari Gedan Barai; look to your left, pivot 90° in the direction that you are looking, and then step out. As you are stepping into the front stance execute a lower level downward block with your left hand.
  15. Migi chudan oi-zuki; step straight ahead with your right leg into front stance and execute a middle-level lunge punch with your right hand.
  16. Hidari chudan oi-zuki; step straight ahead with your left leg into front stance and execute a middle-level lunge punch with your left hand.
  17. Migi chudan oi-zuki; step straight ahead with your right leg into front stance and execute a middle-level lunge punch with your right hand. Kiai on the third lunge punch.
  18. Hidari chudan Shuto Uke; look to your right, pivot 270°. Step out with your left foot into back stance and perform a middle-level knife hand block with your left hand.
  19. Migi chudan Shuto Uke; look 45° to front. Step in the direction you are looking (i.e. at a 45° angle to the front, with your right leg into back stance) and execute a middle-level knife hand block with your right hand.
  20. Migi chudan Shuto Uke; look to your right, step bringing your right leg to your left, pivot 135°, and step out with your right leg. As you are stepping into the back stance, execute a middle-level knife hand block with your right hand.
  21. Hidari chudan Shuto Uke: look 45° to front. Step in the direction you are looking (i.e. at a 45° angle to the front, with your left leg into back stance) and execute a middle-level knife hand block with your left hand.
  22. Yame, Hachiji Dachi. Bow.

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