Purple Belt Kata

As you work toward the Purple Belt (Rokukyu) ranking you will learn the last two versions of the popular Pinan Kata. These are a bit more complex than earlier Pinan Kata and have a few complex movements, but they have a similar pattern of movement to earlier Pinan Kata.

The Pinan Kata originated in Okinawa and are largely attributed to Anko Itosu, who combined conceptual elements from other Kata to form the Pinan Kata series. They were later introduced into Japan by Gichin Funakoshi. Funakoshi changed the name to Heian Kata and inverted the order in which the first two versions of the Kata are both numbered and taught (Our Shodan version was Funakoshi’s Nidan version, and vice versa). So you will encounter all of these differences when you look up the various versions of these Kata on the Internet, which you are encouraged to do.

You will also explore the Tensoku Ryu Kuikku Bouei Kata. There are three versions of these Kata that demonstrate creative ways to deal with an opponent while remaining attentive to defensive positioning and speed of execution. These three forms are based on the ETD model, which you will study in detail.

Finally there are two Kata for each of the Jo, Bo, and Hanbo weapons. The two Jo Kata are the final two forms in the Tensoku Ryu Jo series.

There are also two Tensoku Ryu Bo Kata. The Bo weapon is typically about twenty inches longer than the Jo. Having used a Jo for some time now you will likely find that the Bo seems positively monstrous in your hands. The added length is both an advantage and a disadvantage. It makes the weapon harder to move quickly and makes spinning movements slower and a bit more awkward. However, the weapon has dramatically improved reach and power attributes which offer distinct benefits.

Finally, there are two Tensoku Ryu Hanbo Kata.  This weapon has quite different handling and movement benefits and risks than the Jo and Bo. It has a character all its own.

All of the various weapon forms show different ways in which you might conceptualize the use of a stick weapon in different situations. All of these weapons Kata were created by Richard Munson to provide an extensive and diverse exploration of traditional stick weaponry.

Purple Belt Kata

This is the fourth Kata in the Pinan series. It continues the basic I-Beam structure, but has several deviations from the strict I-Beam approach, often moving off at a 45° ...
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You should notice a pattern in these Kata that you always look at a direction before moving to that direction. This is done so you do not blindly move into ...
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This Jo Kata deals with multiples. It addresses working at multiple levels and using multiple movements in combination against multiple opponents. It also deals, for the first time, with Jo ...
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The Tensoku Ryu Jo Godan Kata deals with Nage while using the Jo weapon. In most cases the opponent is grabbing (or attempting to grab) your weapon. The Kata focuses ...
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This first Bo Kata deals primarily with fundamental blocks, strikes and throws using the Bo weapon. The Kata starts out with fairly simple movements and then slowly evolves into much ...
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This Bo Kata will help you improve your handling speed and dexterity. The Kata can be performed using any Bo weapon, but a small thin Bo or a tapered Bo ...
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The Tensoku Ryu Kuikku Bouei Kata were developed by Richard Munson in 2015 to press home the need for speed, precision, and defensive skills while engaging in a conflict. The ...
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This is the first of the three Kuikku Bouei Kata. After you have learned the essential movements consider what you are doing at each step and how this affects your ...
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The Nidan version of the Kuikku Bouei Kata has some very unusual movements. These may seem complicated at first, but experiment with them to understand when they might be effective ...
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This version of Kuikku Bouei is based on the Destroy option of the ETD model. As a result this Kata is quite violent in nature. The methods used in this ...
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The Hanbo Shodan Kata demonstrates many common uses for this weapon. Because this weapon is relatively short in length you must remain aware that when blocking with both hands the ...
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This Hanbo Nidan Kata uses two Hanbo weapons simultaneously. This can be a very confusing Kata at first since you are moving both hands, often in completely different directions, at ...
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