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Kihon (basics) and Kata (forms)


KIHON DACHI (Basic Stances)     KIHON UKE (Basic Blocks)
MUSUBI DACHI - Attention stance     GEDAN BARAI -Low level sweeping block
HACHIJI DACHI - Ready stance     SOTO UKE - Inside/outside forearm block
ZENKUTSU DACHI -Forward fighting stance     JODAN UKE - High level block
SHIEKO DACHI - Horse stance   SHUTO UKE - Knife-edge of the hand block
KIBA DACHI - Inward horse stance     UCHI UKE - Outside-in forearm block
GYAKUTSUKI DACHI -Reverse punching stance     EMPI UKE - Elbow block
NEKOASHI DACHI - Cat leg stance     URAKEN UKE - Back knuckle block
MAHANMI NEKOASHI DACHI -Profile cat stance   TESHO (SHOTE) UKE - Palm heel block
SHOMEN NEKOASHI DACHI - Front cat stance TETSUI UKE - Hammer fist block
HEISOKU DACHI -Parallell stance     KAKAE UKE - Trapping/pulling block
SHIZENTAI DACHI - Natural stance     ________________________________
KOKUTSU DACHI - Back stance      
SEISHAN DACHI - Hourglass stance      
NO TSUKOMI DACHI - Lunging stance      
Atemi Waza (Striking Techniques)     Geri Waza (Kicking Techniques)
SEIKEN - Closed fist     MAE GERI - Front snap kick
TSUKI - Punch     MAEWASHI GERI -Roundhouse kick
JUNTSUKI - Stepping front hand punch     YOKO GERI - Side kick, edge of foot
JUNTSUKI NO TSUKOMI - Lunge punch     HAKU GERI - Crescent kick
OE TSUKI - Static front hand punch     MAE TOBI GERI - Flying front kick
GYAKUTSUKI - Reverse punch     NIDAN GERI - Two-level kick
GYAKUTSUKI NO TSUKOMI - Lunging reverse punch     USHIRO GERI - Rearward kick
URAKEN - Back fist     FUMIKOMI GERI - Stomping kick
SHUTO TSUKI - Knife-edge strike     HIZA - Knee strike
TETSUI - Hammer fist     MAE MAEWASHI GERI - Front and roundhouse kick
TATTE - Vertical jab     _________________________________
SHOTE / TESHO - Palm heel strike      
IPPON KEN TSUKI - Knuckle strike      
NUKITE - Spear hand      
HAESHU - Open back of the hand      
HAITO - Ridge hand      
EMPI TSUKI - Elbow strike      



Karate Kata of Wadoryu and Bushido Dojo


It is said that kata is our 'Book of Knowledge'; that the deepest secrets of karate's mental, physical and spiritual awareness can be found within its 'pages' of movements. In exploring our book -- the kata of Wado Ryu -- we believe that our key to our understanding lies not only in what we learn today, but what we must also learn from yesterday.


Although many schools affiliated with both our own Federation, and the International Federation, actively practice many different kata within their programs, it is vitally important to remember that Ohtsuka Sensei stressed the importance of, and specifically defined only nine (9) of the originally sanctioned Butokukai kata (in addition to Ohtsuka Sensei's own Kihon Kumite Kata) as being formally recognized within the Wado Ryu style of karate. He regarded all others as 'secondary'. It is for that reason that our kata syllabus prioritizes those nine kata, and emphasizes the following order in which they should be taught:


The Nine Primary Kata of Wadoryu


Pinan Nidan     Naihanchi
Pinan Shodan     Kushanku
Pinan Sandan     Chinto
Pinan Yondan     Seishan
Pinan Godan     __________________


The Six Butokukai Kata


While Ohtsuka Sensei did not formally recognize these kata as part of the formal Wado system, the lessons and knowledge each hold cannot be disputed; nor can their importance in the history of classical and traditional karatedo. As with all true forms of kata, each is it's own valuable book of knowledge, and should be practiced, studied and taught with the utmost concentration and spirit. In order of instruction, they are:            


Wanshu     Jion
Bassai     Niseishi
Jitte     Rohai
The Bushido Dojo Training Kata     _______________
Ippon Kumite Kata 1-12     Kiso Kumite Kata
Kihon Kata Ichi     Omoto Kata
Kihon Kata Ni     Ura Kata






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