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Kihon (basics) and Kata (forms)

  • KIHON DACHI (Basic Stances)


MUSUBI DACHI - Attention stance

HACHIJI DACHI - Ready stance

ZENKUTSU DACHI -Forward fighting stance

SHIEKO DACHI - Horse stance

KIBA DACHI - Inward horse stance

GYAKUTSUKI DACHI -Reverse punching stance

NEKOASHI DACHI - Cat leg stance

MAHANMI NEKOASHI DACHI -Profile cat stance

SHOMEN NEKOASHI DACHI - Front cat stance

HEISOKU DACHI -Parallell stance

SHIZENTAI DACHI - Natural stance

KOKUTSU DACHI - Back stance

SEISHAN DACHI - Hourglass stance

NO TSUKOMI DACHI - Lunging stance

  • KIHON UKE (Basic Blocks)


GEDAN BARAI -Low level sweeping block

SOTO UKE - Inside/outside forearm block

JODAN UKE - High level block

SHUTO UKE - Knife-edge of the hand block

UCHI UKE - Outside-in forearm block

EMPI UKE - Elbow block

URAKEN UKE - Back knuckle block

TESHO (SHOTE) UKE - Palm heel block

TETSUI UKE - Hammer fist block

KAKAE UKE - Trapping/pulling block

  • ATEMI WAZA (Striking Techniques)

SEIKEN - Closed fist
TSUKI - Punch
JUNTSUKI - Stepping front hand punch
OE TSUKI - Static front hand punch
GYAKUTSUKI - Reverse punch
GYAKUTSUKI NO TSUKOMI - Lunging reverse punch
URAKEN - Back fist
SHUTO TSUKI - Knife-edge strike
TETSUI - Hammer fist
TATTE - Vertical jab
SHOTE / TESHO - Palm heel strike
IPPON KEN TSUKI - Knuckle strike
NUKITE - Spear hand
HAESHU - Open back of the hand
HAITO - Ridge hand
EMPI TSUKI - Elbow strike


  • GERI WAZA (Kicking Techniques)

MAE GERI - Front snap kick (Keagi and Kekomi)
MAEWASHI GERI -Roundhouse kick
YOKO GERI - Side kick, edge of foot
HAKU GERI - Crescent kick
MAE TOBI GERI - Flying front kick
NIDAN GERI - Two-level kick
USHIRO GERI - Rearward kick
FUMIKOMI GERI - Stomping kick
HIZA - Knee strike
MAE MAEWASHI GERI - Front and roundhouse kick



  • KARATE KATA of Wadoryu and Bushido Dojo

It is said that kata is our 'Book of Knowledge'; that the deepest secrets of karate's mental, physical and spiritual awareness can be found within its 'pages' of movements. In exploring our book -- the kata of Wado Ryu -- we believe that our key to our understanding lies not only in what we learn today, but what we must also learn from yesterday.
Although many schools affiliated with both our own Federation, and the International Federation, actively practice many different kata within their programs, it is vitally important to remember that Ohtsuka Sensei stressed the importance of, and specifically defined only nine (9) of the originally sanctioned Butokukai kata (in addition to Ohtsuka Sensei's own Kihon Kumite Kata) as being formally recognized within the Wado Ryu style of karate. He regarded all others as 'secondary'. It is for that reason that our kata syllabus prioritizes those nine kata, and emphasizes the following order in which they should be taught:


  • THE NINE PRIMARY KATA of Wadoryu & Kihon Kumite Kata

Pinan Nidan
Pinan Shodan
Pinan Sandan           
Pinan Yondan
Pinan Godan





Kihon Kumite Kata 1 - 10



While Ohtsuka Sensei did not formally recognize these kata as part of the formal Wado system, the lessons and knowledge each hold cannot be disputed; nor can their importance in the history of classical and traditional karatedo. As with all true forms of kata, each is it's own valuable book of knowledge, and should be practiced, studied and taught with the utmost concentration and spirit. In order of instruction, they are:            







Ippon Kumite Kata 1-12
Kihon Kata Ichi
Kihon Kata Ni

Kiso Kumite Kata

Omoto Kata

Ura Kata

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