Kihonteki Shodan Kata

Kihonteki Shodan is an introductory Kata intended to focus attention on octagon angles, two basic stances, and fundamental blocks that every student should master. The Kata is also used to drill home the importance of having the hands in proper guard position. This Kata is sometimes referred to as the Blocking Set, but the Kihonteki Shodan name is preferred. When performing this Kata please keep the following in mind:

  • Both fists must remain tightly closed at all times (with one specific exception).
  • Hands that are not currently blocking must be in an effective guard position.
  • Blocks should be delivered briskly with a circular wrist turn (Rotational Delivery) and then the blocking hand should immediately return to guard position.
  • The front hand should always return to a front guard position, and the back hand should always return to a rear guard position.
  • When blocking with the back hand it will be necessary to rotate the body forward somewhat during the block and then rotate the body back as the back hand returns to a rear guard position.
  • As with most Kata, neither foot should lose contact with the ground (mat) at any time during the Kata.
  • The Kata establishes static stance positions at each angle. Students should keep in mind that these static stances are used primarily as a way to perfect these postures. In a real conflict stances are seldom established and maintained for more than a fraction of a second.
  • Block and stance names are provided in Japanese where relevant
  • Octagon angles in the following descriptions are global octagon angles unless otherwise specified.

Below please find video information and a detailed written step-by-step procedure for performing this Kata. Both will aid you in learning and perfecting your version of this form.

Kihonteki Shodan Video

Kihonteki Shodan Written Procedure

StepMovement
IchiBegin by facing Octagon angle 1 with your feet together in Heisoku Dachi and your hands falling comfortably at your sides. Traditionally you bow to the person in front of you. Now present your opening salutation.
NiStep back with the left leg to angle 8 and establish a Sochin Dachi with your center facing angle 1. Deliver a brisk Migi (front hand) Chudan Uke to angle 1 and then return the hand to guard position.
SanStep back with the right leg to angle 6 and establish a Sochin Dachi with your center facing angle 1. Deliver a brisk Hidari (front hand) Chudan Uke to angle 1 and then return the hand to guard position.
YonWithout stepping, rotate your center to face angle 4. Establish a Sochin Dachi with your center facing angle 4. Deliver a brisk Migi (front hand) Ura Chudan Uke to angle 4 and then return the hand to guard position.
GoStep back with the right leg to angle 8 and establish a Sochin Dachi with your center facing angle 4. Deliver a Hidari (front hand) Ura Chudan Uke to angle 4 and then return the hand to guard position.
RokuWithout stepping, rotate your center to face angle 2. Establish a Sochin Dachi with your center facing angle 2. Deliver a brisk Migi (front hand) Age Uke to angle 2 and then return the hand to guard position.
NanaStep back with the right leg to angle 5 and establish a Sochin Dachi with your center facing angle 2. Deliver a brisk Hidari (front hand) Age Uke to angle 2 and then return the hand to guard position.
HachiWithout stepping, rotate your center to face angle 3. Establish a Sochin Dachi with your center facing angle 3. Deliver a brisk Migi (front hand) Gedan Barai through angle 3 and then return the hand to guard position.
KuStep back with the right leg to angle 7 and establish a Sochin Dachi with your center facing angle 3. Deliver a brisk Hidari (front hand) Gedan Barai through angle 3 and then return the hand to guard position.
JuWithout stepping, rotate your center to face angle 1. Establish a Zenkutsu Dachi as you rotate forward to deliver a Hidari (back hand) Shotei Uke to angle 1. Rotate back to a comfortable Zenkutsu Dachi as you return the hand to a rear guard position.
Ju IchiStep back with the right leg to angle 6 and establish a Zenkutsu Dachi with your center facing angle 1. Rotate forward to deliver a brisk Migi (back hand) Shotei Uke to angle 1 and then rotate back to a comfortable Zenkutsu Dachi as the hand returns to a rear guard position.
Ju NiWithout stepping, rotate your center to face angle 4. Establish a Zenkutsu Dachi with your center at angle 4 and rotate forward to deliver a brisk Hidari (back hand) Extended Outward Block to angle 4. Rotate back into a comfortable Zenkutsu Dachi as the hand returns to a rear guard position.
Ju SanStep back with the right leg to angle 8 and establish a Zenkutsu Dachi with your center facing angle 4. Rotate forward to deliver a brisk Migi (back hand) Extended Outward Block to angle 4. Rotate back into a comfortable Zenkutsu Dachi as the hand returns to a rear guard position.
Ju YonWithout stepping, rotate your center to face angle 2. Establish a Zenkutsu Dachi with your center at angle 2 and rotate forward to deliver a Hidari (back hand) Haiwan Nagashi Uke to angle 2. Return to a comfortable Zenkutsu Dachi as the hand returns to a rear guard position.
Ju GoStep back with the right leg to angle 5 and establish a Zenkutsu Dachi with your center facing angle 2. Rotate forward to deliver a brisk Migi (back hand) Haiwan Nagashi to angle 2. Rotate back into a comfortable Zenkutsu Dachi as the hand returns to a rear guard position.
Ju RokuWithout stepping, rotate your center to face angle 3. Establish a Zenkutsu Dachi with your center at angle 3 and rotate forward to deliver a Hidari (back hand) Ura Gedan Barai through angle 3. Rotate back into a comfortable Zenkutsu Dachi as the hand returns to a rear guard position.
Ju NanaStep back with the right leg to angle 7 and establish a Zenkutsu Dachi with your center facing angle 3. Rotate forward to deliver a brisk Migi (back hand) Ura Gedan Barai through angle 3. Rotate back into a comfortable Zenkutsu Dachi as the hand returns to a rear guard position.
Ju HachiStep with the front (left) leg to angle 5 as you turn your center to face angle 1. Establish a Heiko Dachi with your center facing angle 1 and then perform the standard closing salutation. Yame.

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The Octagon
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