Pinan ShoDan

Pinan ShoDan (Peaceful Mind Number One) kata.

Pinan ShoDan 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 90 degree left mahamni neko ashi dachi (side facing cat leg stance) while doing a soto uke (middle block) to your left with your left hand and doing an agi uke, (described by Mr. Everett as a “bump block” – the arm will come up in front of your head rolling over, at the end, palm out across the top of your head with a slight upward angle toward the hand), with your right hand.

3. Keeping your feet and legs as they are (in mahamni neko ashi dachi), turn your shoulders 90 degrees to your left, pulling your left hand back across the front of your body (not touching your body), with the hand in front of your right shoulder, while your right hand drops to the front side of your stance, as a tetsui uke (hammer fist block), at solar plexus level.

4. Turn your shoulders back 90 degrees (to your original front line) as you pull your left foot back to it’s original position, hachiji dachi (ready stance). As you are pulling back, pull your right hand back in hikite and let the left hand strike out to your left in a horizontal tetsui (hammer fist) toward the back side of your body just above shoulder level.

5. Drop your body, setting your right foot 90 degrees to your right, into a right mahamni neko ashi dachi (side facing cat leg stance) while doing a soto uke (middle block) to your right with your right hand and doing an agi uke, (described by Mr. Everett as a “bump block” – the arm will come up in front of your head rolling over, at the end, palm out across the top of your head with a slight upward angle toward the hand), with your left hand.

6. Keeping your feet and legs as they are, turn your shoulders 90 degrees to your right, pulling your right hand back across the front of your body (not touching your body), with the hand in front of your left shoulder, while your left hand drops to the front side of your stance, as a tetsui uke (hammer fist block), at solar plexus level.

7. Turn your shoulders back 90 degrees (to your original front line) as you pull your right foot back to it’s original position hachiji dachi (ready stance). As you are pulling back, pull your left hand back in hikite and let the right hand strike out to your right in a horizontal tetsui toward the back side of your body just above shoulder level.

8. Drop your arm to your side as you pivot your feet and body 90 degrees to your right. Then throw a right soto uke (middle block) and a right mae geri (front kick) simultaneously, to your right (to the rear as related to your original front line), as the kick snaps back, set it down directly beside your left foot, and turned at a 115 degree angle to your original front line. Then drop your body, setting your left foot to your left, into a left mahamni neko ashi dachi (side facing cat leg stance) toward your original front line and executing a left shuto uke (open hand block) to the front.

9. Step forward into a right mahamni neko ashi dachi (side facing cat leg stance) and execute a right open hand block.

10. Step forward into a left mahamni neko ashi dachi (side facing cat leg stance) and execute a left open hand block.

11. Step forward into a right junzuki dachi (front stance) and throw a right vertical yohon nukite (spear hand) to the solar plexus.

12. Set your left (back) foot around behind you 45 degrees, and let your body follow (turning around to the left 225 degrees)setting into a left mahamni neko ashi dachi, ending with a left shuto uke (open hand block).

13. Step forward into a right mahamni neko ashi dachi (full side facing cat leg stance) executing a right shuto uke (open hand block).

14. Turn 90 degrees to the right into a right mahamni neko ashi dachi (full side facing cat leg stance) and execute a right shuto uke (open hand block).

15. Step forward into a left mahamni neko ashi dachi (full side facing cat leg stance) executing a left shuto uke (open hand block).

16. Turn 45 degrees to your left into a left gyakazuki dachi, and throw a soto uke (middle block) with your back hand.

17. Do a kette gyakazuki (right kick and left reverse punch) setting into a right gyakazuki dachi.

18. Throw a soto uke (middle block) with your back hand. (There is no foot movement on this move.)

19. Do a kette gyakazuki (left kick and right reverse punch) setting into a left gyakazuki dachi.

20. Your hands will drop relaxed to your left side as you step into a right junzuki dachi (front stance). As the step ends throw a soto uke (middle block) with your right hand and a left chudan ude uke (the left lower arm will end up pointed toward your right elbow, but not touching it, the left upper arm is straight down at your side).

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

22. Step forward into a right junzuki dachi (front stance) and throw a right jodan uke (high block).

23. Turn 90 degrees to your right ending in a right junzuki dachi (front stance) and a right gedan uke (low block).

24. Step forward into a left junzuki dachi (front stance) and throw a left jodan uke (high block).

25. Pull the front foot back and let the arms relax to your sides as you turn your body 45 degrees to the front, ending in hachiji dachi (ready stance).

26. Close into masuba dachi, then bow.

Helpful Hints & Reminders

1. This is the first kata you have run that uses the back side of the body for a primary technique. The first six techniques to the rear (as it relates to your original front line, the direction you were facing when you bowed), are all done with the back side, as well as other moves in that use both sides at the same time.

2. Up to this point your katas have all used a positive body motion (the technique is thrown with the turn of the body) to throw each technique. This kata starts using reverse body motion to generate power. Of the 26 moves described above, 15 use reverse body motion.

3. Every open hand block is thrown from a mahamni neko ashi dachi (full side facing cat leg stance).

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