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SSU Katas

Seienchin Kata

KATA

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"The Core of Karate-do"

Suparinpei Kata

Below is an extract from the SSU UK Members Handbook. For more detailed information on the importance of Kata see your handbook.

The true meaning and spirit of Karate-do are embedded in the Kata, and only by the constant practice of Kata can we come to understand them.

The primary purpose of kata is to teach one how to fight. Deciphering the kata is Bunkai, which enables the student to take moves out of the kata, interpret them and use them as a fighting technique. Often these techniques are not obvious and require thorough analysis, which makes practicing bunkai crucial to one's training in Karate.

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SSU Official Kata List (The Shito-ryu System)

(This list is only the very basic list based on grade, a full list is in your handbook)

Kyu Grade Katas (級形)

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8th Kyu (Yellow belt)

八級

7th Kyu (Orange belt)

七級

6th Kyu (Green belt)

六級

JU NI NO KATA (H KATA)
(12 years and above)
SHIO-TSUKI (X KATA)
(11 years and below)

PINAN NIDAN

PINAN SHODAN

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5th Kyu (Blue belt)

五級

4th Kyu (Purple belt)

八級

PINAN SANDAN

PINAN YONDAN
PINAN GODAN

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3rd Kyu (Brown I belt)

三級

2nd Kyu (Brown II belt)

二級

1st Kyu (Brown III belt)

一級

PINAN KATAS 1-5
JUROKU
SANCHIN

PINAN KATAS 1-5
TENSHO
NAIFANCHI SHODAN

MATSUKAZE
BASSAI-DAI
KOSOKUN-DAI

Dan Grade Katas (段形)

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1st Dan (1 red stripe)

初段

2nd Dan (2 red stripes)

二段

3rd Dan (3 red stripes)

三段

PINAN KATAS 1-5
JUROKU/SANCHIN
TENSHO/NAIFANCHI SHODAN
MATSUKAZE
BASSAI-DAI
KOSOKUN-DAI

ANNANKO
JIIN
JITTE
WANSHU
BASSAI-SHO
SEISAN

NISEISHI
JION
KOSOKUN-SHO
SAIFA
SEIENCHIN
SHISOCHIN

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4th Dan (4 red stripes)

四段

5th Dan (5 red stripes)

五段

6th Dan and above

六段

ROHAI
CHINTO
PAPUREN
SOCHIN
TOMARI NO BASSAI
KURURUNFA

GOJUSHIO
MATSUMURA NO BASSAI
UNSHU
NIPAIPO
SUPARIMPEI
SEIPAI

Advanced Kata
from the Shito-Ryu
Kata list

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Shito-ryu System Katas by region

Okinawa Island (沖縄本島) is the largest of the Okinawan Islands and the Ryukyu Islands of Japan.

 

Naha (那覇市) is the capital city of Okinawa, the most southern prefecture of Japan.

Shuri (首里) is a district of the city of Naha, Okinawa. It was formerly a separate city in and of itself, and the royal capital of the Ryūkyū Kingdom.

Tomari (泊) is a neighbourhood in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, where the Tomari Terminal of the port of Naha is located.

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Naha-te region katas

Translation

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Naha-te_kanji
Naha-te Kanji
Shuri-te_kanji
Shuri-te Kanji
Tomari-te_kanji
Tomari-te Kanji

Pinan Katas 1-5 (平安)
Naifanchi 1, 2, 3 (ナイハンチ)
Chinto (鎮東)
Wanshu (汪輯)
Jiin (慈陰)
Jion (慈恩)
Jitte (十手)
Kosokun Dai (公相君)
Kosokun Sho (公相君)
Shiho Kosokun (四方公相君)
Chatanyara Kosokun (北 谷 屋 良)
Bassai Dai (拔塞大)
Bassai Sho (拔塞小)
Matsumura no bassai (松村拔塞)
Gojushiho (五十四歩)

Shuri-te region katas

Wankan
Rohai (鷺牌)
Tomari no bassai (泊拔塞)
Chinte (珍手)

Tomari-te region katas

Seisan (十三)
Sanchin (三戦)
Saifa (砕破)
Sanseru (三十六)
Shisochin (四向鎮)
Seiunchin (制引戦)
Seienchin (セイエンチン)
Kururunfa (久留頓破)
Sepai (十八)
Suparinpei (壱百零八)
Tensho (転掌)
Geksai dai ichi
Geksai dai ni
Matsukaze (松風)

Way of peace (or calm and peaceful mind)
Iron horse
Crane on a rock/Fighter to the east
Flying swallow
Name of saint "or" Temple grounds
Name of temple "or" Merciful sound
Ten hands
Viewing the sky (major version)
Viewing the sky (minor version)
Simplified version of Kosokun Dai (Shiho meaning four directions)
Chatanyara version of Kosukon Dai
To storm/breach a fortress (major version)
To storm/breach a fortress (minor version)
Belonging to Matsumura
54 steps (techniques)

Translation

Crowning a king
Mirror of the soul
To storm a fortress (Tomari-te version)
Incredible hands

Translation

Half moon (thirteen)
Three battles (body, mind & spirit)
Tearing
Dragon kata (Chinese no: 36)
Four peaceful facing
Marching far quietly (or pulling)
Lull in the storm
Peaceful and tearing
The number 18
The 108 hands
Flowing hands
Attack and smash 1
Attack and smash 2
Wind in the pines

Kata created by Kenwa Mabuni Sensei

White Crane Katas (白鶴拳)

Aoyagi
Shinpa (心破 / 新破 / 侵破)
Juroku (十六)
Matsukaze (松風)
Myojo (明浄)
Shinsei (新生)

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Wind in the pines
Morning star
A summary of Gekisai dai ichi/ni

Nipaipo (二十八歩)
Hakaku / Haffa (白鳥)
Paipuren (八步連)

28 steps
White bird / 100 birds
8 steps at the same time

Ryuei-ryu Kata (劉衛流)

Aragaki Kata (Arakaki Seishō - 新垣 世璋)

Annan (Anan) (安南)
Pachu
Heiku
Paiku

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Sochin (壯鎭)
Neseishi (二十四)
Unshu (雲手)

Preserve peace/tranquil force
24 steps/techniques
Hands of a cloud

Other Kata

Annanku (安南光)

Peace from the south

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