Blue Belt Kata

You will learn the three versions of the Naihanchi Kata. These are often difficult Kata to learn and to fully appreciate. You will also learn the more robust Empi Kata. All of these Kata are widely practiced by other martial arts systems.

You will also explore Kata for the Tambo and Yantok. These can be very fast paced and energetic Kata.

We will again rely heavily on abbreviations in the discussions about Kata performance. Whenever the number symbol ‘#’ (Hashtag) is shown this indicates a location where a numeric value (usually an octagon angle) will be substituted.  Here are abbreviations you will find throughout the following Kata procedures. You may wish to review the discussion on the Octagon for additional abbreviation details.

  • L# – indicates the angle to which the left leg should move.
  • R# – indicates the angle to which the right leg should move.
  • F# – indicates the angle to which you or your stance should face.
  • T# – indicates a movement or action toward a specific angle.
  • A# – indicates a specific angle.
  • CW – Clockwise. Indicates a rotation which, when viewed from above would appear to move in a clockwise direction.
  • CCW – Counterclockwise. Indicates a rotation which, when viewed from above would appear to move in a counterclockwise direction.

Blue Belt Kata

Like many things in the martial arts, the origins of the Naihanchi Kata are a bit murky. It seems likely, though not proven, that the Naihanchi Kata was originally a ...
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This Kata is widely practiced by a great many other martial arts styles. It is relatively short, but full of both subtle and powerful combination movements. If you view videos ...
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This second Kata in the Naihanchi series introduces some additional movements and is a bit more complex than the first Naihanchi Kata . It is not dramatically different, however and ...
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This Kata is perhaps the most difficult of the Naihanchi series to learn and appreciate. It incorporates many new movement sequences and sequences borrowed from earlier Naihanchi Kata versions. Once ...
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The term Empi (also commonly spelled Enpi), like many terms in both English and Japanese, has multiple meanings. You have most commonly encountered the word Empi referring to the elbow ...
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The Tonfa Opening Salutation We have a standard opening salutation sequence for the Tonfa weapon that is performed as follows: Adopt Heiko Dachi as you grasp both weapons in your ...
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This Kata is normally performed using two weapons. You may find it useful at times to practice the Kata using only a single weapon in either your left or right ...
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See Also

The Octagon


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