Pinan YonDan

Pinan YonDan (Peaceful Mind Number Four) kata.

Pinan YonDan 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 (side facing cat stance), 90 degrees to your left, while doing a haishu (backhand) to your left with your left hand, and doing an open hand agi uke (rising block, described by Mr. Everett Sensei 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. Staying low, pull your left foot back to it’s original position (hachiji dachi, ready stance), then set your right foot to your right (while relaxing your arms), into a right mahamni neko ashi dachi (side facing cat stance), 90 degrees to your right, while doing a haishu (backhand) to your right with your right hand, and doing an open hand agi uke (rising block, described by Mr. Everett Sensei 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.

4. Staying low, pull your right foot back to it’s original position (hachiji dachi, ready stance), as you draw both hands to your belt (in low hikites), then set your left foot forward (toward your original front line) into a junzuki dachi (front stance), and throw a gedan juji uke (low x-block), with the right arm on top.

5. Relax your arms to your left side as you step forward with your right foot, into a right mahamni neko ashi dachi (side facing cat stance), and throw a right soto uke (middle block) to the front, and a left uriken uke (backfist block) across your body (left arm pointed to the front and parallel to the floor.

6. Move your left foot forward to your right foot, heels and toes together into heisoku dachi. As you step into the stance, your hands pull to a right tae uke, and you turn your head to the left.

7. Keeping your body facing your original front line, simultaneously throw a left gedan uke (low block) and a left mae geri (front kick) to your left (the bottom knuckles, at the face of the fist, should be touched by the kicking shin). After the kick snaps back, set your left foot forward, moving into a left gykazuki dachi (reverse punch stance), then throw a right empi (elbow strike), parallel to the floor and across your lower chest, into the palm of your left hand (thumb cocked). The right hand should stop palm facing your body, with the left arm in line with the right, and the left fingertips even with the tip of your right elbow.

8. Turn back 90 degrees to your right, as you draw your right foot to your left foot into heisoku dachi, your hands pull to a left tae uke, and you turn your head to the right (from your original front line).

9. Keeping your body facing your original front line, simultaneously throw a right gedan uke (low block) and a right mae geri (front kick) to your right (the bottom knuckles, at the face of the fist, should be touched by the kicking shin). After the kick snaps back, set your right foot forward, moving into a right gykazuki dachi (reverse punch stance), then throw a left empi (elbow strike), parallel to the floor and across your lower chest, into the palm of your right hand (thumb cocked). The left hand should end palm facing your body, with the right arm in line with the left, and the right fingertips even with the tip of your right elbow.

10. Let your left hand open (thumb cocked) as you throw a left gedan uke (low block) to your left and a right open hand agi uke (rising block) to your front, as you turn your head to your left 90 degrees. Then allow both feet to pivot to the left, ending parallel and 45 degrees to your left off your original front line, as you turn your shoulders 180 degrees to your left, and throw a left open hand agi uke (rising block) to your left (90 degrees left of your original front line) as you sweep to the front line.

11. Throw a right mae geri (front kick) to the front line and set it forward a slightly extended distance then draw your left foot to your right foot. The left foot remains back half a foots’ length, with the toes at the instep of the right foot, and the heel raised slightly, the front right is flat. Both feet are straight, and the knees are pressed together and bent with the left knee just slightly more forward than the right. The weight is carried evenly by both feet, and the body is straight forward. As you move into the reverse shomen neko ashi dachi (front facing cat stance), both hands close into fists, and the left hand reaches forward over the top of the right as the right hand comes back to your body. They continue a forward rolling motion with the forearms parallel to the forward (front line) facing body, and as the right hand moves over the top, it will reach out to throw a downward uriken (backfist) to the bridge of the nose, while the left hand pulls back into a hikite position.

12. Set your left foot around to your left, turning your body 225 degrees, into a left shomen neko ashi dachi (front facing cat stance), ending with a left soto uke (middle block).

13. Throw a right mae geri (front kick), set it forward into a long right junzuki dachi (front stance), then throw a right junzuki (front punch) followed by a left gyakazuki (reverse punch), allowing the right foot to slip back to allow proper rotation for the gyakazuki.

14. Set your right foot around to your right, turning your body 90 degrees, into a right shomen neko ashi dachi (front facing cat stance), ending with a right soto uke (middle block).

15. Throw a left mae geri (front kick), set it forward into a long left junzuki dachi (front stance), then throw a left junzuki (front punch) followed by a right gyakazuki (reverse punch), allowing the left foot to slip back to allow proper rotation for the gykazuki.

16. Set your left foot around to your left 45 degrees into a left mahamni neko ashi dachi (side facing cat stance), and simultaneously throw a left soto uke (middle block) and a right uriken uke (backfist block) across your body (right arm pointed to the front and parallel to the floor.

17. Step forward with your right foot into a right mahamni neko ashi dachi (side facing cat stance), and simultaneously throw a right soto uke (middle block) and a left uriken uke (backfist block) across your body (left arm pointed to the front and parallel to the floor.

18. Step forward with your left foot into a left mahamni neko ashi dachi (side facing cat stance), and simultaneously throw a left soto uke (middle block) and a right uriken uke (backfist block) across your body (right arm pointed to the front and parallel to the floor.

19. Pull your left hip back and allow the left foot to slip back, and the right foot to pivot enabling the body to shift into a left shomen neko ashi dachi (front facing cat stance). As you are shifting, allow the right arm to come up, palm facing you, and cross the left arm at a 45 degree angle, then pull back to the right so that it mirrors the left arm (both in a soto uke position).

20. Pivot your left foot 45 degrees and set the heel to the floor as you raise your right knee to your center line (it should be higher than your belt), keeping the foot pulled back (parallel to the floor). As you raise the knee, throw both hands to your sides in a double gedan uke (low block).

21. Set your right foot to the floor beside your left foot, turning it as far as possible to your left, then turn your body to the left 135 degrees, setting into a left mahamni neko ashi dachi (side facing cat stance, 45 degrees to the left of your original front center line). As you turn, let your right hand cross over the left elbow, then throw a left shuto uke (open hand block, hand at a relaxed angle, thumb open), at a 45 degree downward angle, as you drop the right arm down to a position across your body and parallel to the floor, rocking the hand back, thrusting the palm side of the wrist downward, striking with the tip of the bone at the outside base of the palm.

22. Reach with the heel of the right foot, and pull onto the ball of the right foot, allowing the left foot to slip underneath you in a right mahamni neko ashi dachi (side facing cat stance) 90 degrees to your right. As you shift, let your left hand cross over the right elbow, then throw a right shuto uke (open hand block, hand at a relaxed angle, thumb open), at a 45 degree downward angle, as you drop the left arm down to a position across your body and parallel to the floor, rocking the hand back, thrusting the palm side of the wrist downward, striking with the tip of the bone at the outside base of the palm.

23. Reach straight back with your left foot and pull the right foot back and let the arms relax to your sides ending in the hachiji dachi (ready stance).

24. Close into masuba dachi (attention stance), then rei (bow).

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