Pinan NiDan Kata

Pinan NiDan (Peaceful Mind Number Two) kata.

Pinan NiDan Kata

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

2. Drop your body,setting your left foot to your left, into a left mahamni neko ashi dachi (left side facing cat leg stance), 90 degrees to your left, while doing a full motion agi uke (rising block)dropping into a tetsui uke (hammer fist block)with your left hand.

3. Step forward into a right junzuki dachi throwing a right junzuki.

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) throwing a right gedan uke (right low block.)

5. Pull your right foot back to a shazentai dachi (natural stance)(keep the right foot as your front foot and keep the angle of the feet as they were, just pull the foot back, the front heel even with the back toes, and let the legs straighten (don’t lock the legs). As you pull the foot back execute a full motion agi uke (rising block) dropping into a tetsui uke (hammer fist block) with your right hand.

6. Step forward into a left junzuki dachi throwing a left junzuki.

7. 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 (left low block).

8. Step forward into a right junzuki dachi (right front stance) throwing a right jodan uke (right high block).

9. Step forward into a left junzuki dachi (left front stance) throwing a left jodan uke (left high block).

10. Step forward into a right junzuki dachi (right front stance) throwing a right jodan uke (right high block).

11. Set your left (back) foot around behind you 45 degrees, and let your body follow (turning around to the left 225 degrees) into a left junzuki dachi (left front stance), ending with a left gedan uke (left low block).

12. Step forward into a right junzuki dachi (right front stance) throwing a right junzuki (right front punch).

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

14. Step forward into a left junzuki dachi (left front stance) throwing a left junzuki (left front punch).

15. Turn your body, to the left 45 degrees, as you set your left foot to the left into a left junzuki dachi (left front stance), and throw a left gedan uke (left low block).

16. Step forward into a right junzuki dachi (right front stance) throwing a right junzuki (right front punch).

17. Step forward into a left junzuki dachi (left front stance) throwing a left junzuki (left front punch).

18. Step forward into a right junzuki dachi (right front stance) throwing a right junzuki (right front punch).

19. Pull your left foot back into a left shomen neko ashi dachi (left front facing cat stance) as you pivot the body to the left 225 degrees. As you make the turn, open your hands (the left one is in a yohon nukite (spear hand) position and the right one is in a open hand position, do not turn the hands over) and allow the right arm to relax back slightly on your center line and pointed straight forward as the left hand moves forward to a position just above the right hand and parallel to it.

20. Step forward with the left foot and turn into a left shiko dachi (four point stance) as you extend the left yohon nukite (left spear hand) (palm down), to your left side at belt level and draw the right arm back (palm up), finishing across your body. The right upper arm is hanging down, pulling forward from the shoulder just enough to allow the lower arm to be parallel across the front of your body. The lower arm is angled up slightly, crossing over the solar plexus, with the wrist remaining straight and the finger tips extending past the edge of the body.

21. Turn your body forward (the direction your left hand was striking, which is 45 degrees to the left of your original front line when you bowed) and step forward with your right foot into a right shiko dachi (right four point stance) as you extend the right yohon nukite (right spear hand) (palm down), to your right side at belt level and draw the left arm back (palm up), finishing across your body. The left upper arm is hanging down, pulling forward from the shoulder just enough to allow the lower arm to be parallel across the front of your body. The lower arm is angled up slightly, crossing over the solar plexus, with the wrist remaining straight and the finger tips extending past the edge of the body.

22. Pull your right foot back into a right shomen neko ashi dachi (right front facing cat stance) as you pivot the body to the right 90 degrees (45 degrees to the right of your original front line when you bowed). As you make the turn, flip both hands over (the right one remains in a yohon nukite (spear hand) position and the left one remains in a open hand position) and allow the right arm to relax back slightly on your center line and pointed straight forward as the left hand moves forward to a position just below the right hand and parallel to it.

23. Step forward with the right foot and turn into a right shiko dachi (right four point stance) as you extend the right yohon nukite (spear hand) (palm down), to your right side at belt level and draw the left arm back (palm up), finishing across your body. The left upper arm is hanging down, pulling forward from the shoulder just enough to allow the lower arm to be parallel across the front of your body. The lower arm is angled up slightly, crossing over the solar plexus, with the wrist remaining straight and the finger tips extending past the edge of the body.

24. Turn your body forward (the direction your right hand was striking, which is 45 degrees to the right of your original front line when you bowed) and step forward with your left foot into a left shiko dachi (left four point stance) as you extend the left spear hand (palm down), to your left side at belt level and draw the right arm back (palm up), finishing across your body. The right upper arm is hanging down, pulling forward from the shoulder just enough to allow the lower arm to be parallel across the front of your body. The lower arm is angled up slightly, crossing over the solar plexus, with the wrist remaining straight and the finger tips extending past the edge of the body.

27. Pull the right foot back and let the arms relax to your sides, ending in hachiji dachi (ready stance).

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

Helpful Hints & Reminders

1. In every move of this kata, the hand that is either punching or blocking, is the front hand (the hand that is on the same side as the foot that is forward).

2. All turns are made by moving the front foot, except the “big turns” (after your third high block and, after your third punch in succession). And ALL turns are made by moving the foot toward the back of the non-moving foot (NEVER ACROSS THE TOES).

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