First Basic Kata

First Basic kata is the first kata taught to Wado Ryu stu­dents. It was ini­tal­ly a Shotokan karate form cre­at­ed by Mas­ter Otsuka’s for­mer Sen­sei, Shotokan founder Gichin Funakoshi. He named this kata “Taikyoku Shodan” which trans­lates into “First Cause Num­ber One”. The kata is now found in many karate styles that are based on Shotokan. The kata varies slight­ly between styles as each karate sys­tem has adapt­ed it to their needs over the years. Inter­est­ing­ly, many Shotokan schools no longer teach this form.

Pho­tos for each part of this kata will be added soon. 

First Basic Kata

1. From masu­ba dachi (atten­tion stance), rei (bow), then open to hachi­ji dachi (ready stance).

2. Turn your body to the left 90 degrees, into a left jun­zu­ki dachi (left front stance), and throw a left gedan uke (left low block) as you set your left foot down.

3. Step for­ward into a right jun­zu­ki dachi and throw a right jun­zu­ki (right front punch).

4. Pull the front hand back across the chest. Pull the front foot back behind you twice the length of your pre­vi­ous stance, as you set it over to your left twice the width of your pre­vi­ous stance. Turn the body, to the right 180 degrees, with­out fur­ther move­ment of the feet (except to allow them to piv­ot around), into a right jun­zu­ki dachi (right front stance) while throw­ing a right gedan uke (right low block).

5. Step for­ward into a left jun­zu­ki dachi (left front stance) with a left jun­zu­ki (left front punch).

6. Turn your body, to the left 90 degrees, as you set your left foot to the left into a left jun­zu­ki dachi (front stance), and throw a left gedan uke (low block).

7. Step for­ward to a right jun­zu­ki dachi (right front stance) with a right jodan uke (right high block).

8. Step for­ward to a left jun­zu­ki dachi (left front stance) with a left jodan uke (left high block).

9. Step for­ward to a right jun­zu­ki dachi (right front stance) with a right jodan uke (right high block).

10. Set your left (back) foot around behind you 90 degrees, and let your body fol­low (turn­ing around to the left 270 degrees), into a left jun­zu­ki dachi (left front stance) end­ing with a left gedan uke (left low block).

11. Step for­ward into a right jun­zu­ki dachi (right front stance) with a right jun­zu­ki (right front punch).

12. Pull the front hand back across the chest. Pull the front foot back behind you twice the length of your pre­vi­ous stance, as you set it over to your left twice the width of your pre­vi­ous stance. Turn the body, to the right 180 degrees, with­out fur­ther move­ment of the feet (except to allow them to piv­ot around), into a right jun­zu­ki dachi (right front stance) throw­ing a right gedan uke (right low block).

13. Step for­ward into a left jun­zu­ki dachi (left front stance) with a left jun­zu­ki (left front punch).

14. Turn your body, to the left 90 degrees, as you set your left foot to the left into a left jun­zu­ki dachi (left front stance), and throw a left gedan uke (low block).

15. Step for­ward to a right jun­zu­ki dachi (right front stance) with a right jun­zu­ki (right front punch).

16. Step for­ward to a left jun­zu­ki dachi (left front stance) with a left jun­zu­ki (left front punch).

17. Step for­ward to a right jun­zu­ki dachi (right front stance) with a right jun­zu­ki (right front punch).

18. Set your left (back) foot around behind you 90 degrees, and let your body fol­low (turn­ing around to the left 270 degrees), into a left jun­zu­ki dachi (left front stance) end­ing with a left gedan uke (left low block).

19. Step for­ward into a right jun­zu­ki dachi (right front stance) with a right jun­zu­ki (right front punch).

20. Pull the front hand back across the chest. Pull the front foot back behind you twice the length of your pre­vi­ous stance, as you set it over to your left twice the width of your pre­vi­ous stance. Turn the body, to the right 180 degrees, with­out fur­ther move­ment of the feet (except to allow them to piv­ot around), into a right jun­zu­ki dachi (right front stance) throw­ing a right gedan uke (right low block).

21. Step for­ward into a left jun­zu­ki dachi (left front stance) with a left jun­zu­ki (left front punch).

22. Pull the front foot back and let the arms relax to your sides, end­ing in hachi­ji dachi.

23. Close to masu­ba dachi (atten­tion stance), then rei (bow).

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