Kata Niju Shi Ho Shotokan

Kata Niju Shi Ho

Kata Niju Shi Ho

This is Kata Niju Shi Ho in Shotokan. Originally, this kata was called Niseshi or Ni Sei Shi. The schools Shorin-ryu and Shito-ryu maintained this designation. In Wado-ryu as well as in Shotokan it is now called Niju shi ho. The name “24 steps” refers to the number of steps in this kata.

This Kata has 33 movements and it should take about 40 to 50 seconds max to complete its execution.

The movements in this kata resemble waves breaking on a cliff. There are two kiais in this Kata. This Kata is a requirement to advance from Ni Dan (2nd Dan) to San Dan (3rd Dan)

Stances found in this Kata:

  • Kokutsu Dachi
  • Sanchin Dachi
  • Kiba Dachi
  • Zenkutsu Dachi
  • Heisoku Dachi

Techniques you will find in Kata Niju Shi Ho

  • Osae Uke
  • Awase Tzuki
  • Age Uke
  • Empi Uchi
  • Shuto Kake Uke
  • Yoko Geri Kekomi
  • Haito Uchi
  • Gedan Barai


  • Keep your height the same everywhere you move on the mat
  • Keep your back straight and do not lean forward

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