|The path, known as the way or 'do' in Japanese. There are many paths: some|
lead to righteousness
Next time you practice - imagine having to defend yourself with the power and focus you currently use to practice kata: this is how you are teaching yourself to defend on the street. I can’t emphasize this enough. If you are punching with no power or snap, you are training to do the same for future self-defense scenarios. This does not mean that you have to do every single kata full speed and power – but it does mean that you need to consider practicing each kata at least three times in each session: twice relatively slow with extraordinary snap in your punches and blocks (in other words – focus) and the third time with acceleration of technique (but also keeping your stances and timing in check).
|Training in Naihanchi kata at the Arizona Hombu, Winter 2014|
|Yan Ma of the University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-|
Ryu Karate Club performs Pinan Godan kata.
- Taikyoku Shodan - Developed by Gichin Funakoshi to emphasize proper blocking, punching, stances, balance and respect.
- Taikyoku Nidan - Developed by Gichin Funakoshi.
- Taikyoku Sandan - Developed by Soke Hausel to emphasize gyaku tsuki (opposite hand punches), hip rotation & focus.
- Taikyoku Yondan - Developed by Soke Hausel to teach basic kicks.
|Soke Hausel teaches Pinan Nidan kata at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa.|
|Shihan Vance of Cheyenne, Seiyo Shorin-Ryu |
practices bunkai from Pinan Nidan with Sensei
Schroeder of the Utah Shorin-Kai
|Sketch of Chuck Norris of Tang|
soo do by Soke Hausel.
- Pinan Shodan
- Pinan Nidan
- Pinan Sandan
- Pinan Yodan
- Pinan Godan
|Arizona grandmaster Soke Hausel demonstrates application |
from Naifanchi Shodan Kata at clinic at the
University of Wyoming assisted by Sensei Kyle Linton
- Naifanchi Shodan
- Naifanchi Nidan
- Naifanchi Sandan
- Passai Dai
- Passai Sho
|Looking to the Sky in Kusanku Dai|
- Kusanku Dai
- Kusanku Sho
- Niseishi (24 steps).
- Unsu (Cloud hands)
- Chinte (Chinese hand form)
|Kata training at the University of Wyoming|
- Wanshu (Empi) kata. "Flying Swallow".
- Sochin kata. Based on the powerful 'Rooted stance".
- Seisan (Hangetsu). 'Half-Moon Form'.
|Gojushiho (Useishi) Kata training at Arizona Hombu in Mesa.|
- Wankan Dai.
- Okan (Wankan Sho)
- Gojushiho (Useishi)
|White crane wings from Hakutsuru Dai Kata Photo of Soke Hausel of the Mesa, Arizona Hombu teaching White Crane Shorin-Ryu Karate Clinic at the University of Wyoming in 2010.|