Here is the list of kata we do at my shotokan dojo:
Taikyoku Shodan - First Cause Heian Shodan - Peaceful Mind Level 1 Heian Nidan - Peaceful Mind Level 2 Heian Sandan - Peaceful Mind Level 3 Heian Yondan - Peaceful Mind Level 4 Heian Godan - Peaceful Mind Level 5 Tekki Shodan - Horse Riding Level 1 Tekki Nidan - Horse Riding Level 2 Tekki Sandan - Horse Riding Level 3 Bassai Dai - Storming a Fortress (Major) Kanku Dai - Gazing Heavenward or To Look At the Sky (Major) Jion - Jion-ji Temple Jitte - Ten Hands Ji'in - Jion & Jitte Sochin - Immense Silence or Tranquil Force Chinte - Rare Hand Empi - Flight of the Swallow Bassai sho - Storming a Fortress (Minor) Gankaku - Crane on a Rock Wankan - King's Crown Hangetsu - Half-moon Kanku Sho - Gazing Heavenward (Minor) Meikyo - Wiping a Mirror Nijushiho - Twenty-four Steps Gojushiho Sho - Fifty-four Steps (Minor) Gojushiho Dai - Fifty-four Steps (Major) Unsu - Hands in a Cloud
I'd also recommend these books, they are required reading for our brown belts: Karate-Do, My Way of Life, Gichin Funakoshi
Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams 25 Shoto-kan Kata by Shojiro Sugiyama Dynamic Karate by Masatoshi Nakayama Best Karate 5: Heian, Tekki by Masatoshi Nakayama Karate-Do Kyohan; The Master Text, by Gichin Funakoshi Best Karate Fundamentals Volume 2 by Masatoshi Nakayama Complete Idiots Guide: Karate
I study Karate Budo, but my school throws in katas from other martial arts after black belt rank.
Looks interesting! I can't imagine trying to learn how to say the forms with a real Japanese accent, let alone a French trying to speak Japanese accent! That's just too many layers of difficulty for my little brain. LOL!
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I know some, because the Nisei style has a few things in common with Shotokan. Our katas are Heian Shodan; Pinan Shodan, Nidan, Sanda, Yandan and Godan; Sanchin; Tekki Shodan, Nidan and Sandan: Yuwa's Basic (which I believe is unique Nisei); Basai-Dai; Empi; and Rohei. That's up to first level black belt. Hope it helps!
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Tonight I went to my 1st training in Shotokan. It is similar to my previous style, Tang Soo Do.
Does any one else train in this style? I am hoping someone does and can tell me the names of the katas at least...you see, I am currently living in France and the class is taught in French, which I barely speak right now. Which makes it...interesting...to understand (commands given in French accented Japanese :-)
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