Tekki Shodan – Kata & Bunkai – Shotokan Kata – Karin Prinsloo
Karrinyup Karate – Stirling Karate
Tekki Shodan is the first kata of Tekki series (shodan, nidan and sandan). The kata name literally means “Iron Horse Riding”. Interesting fact is that some researchers believe Tekki Shodan, Nidan and Sandan, was one kata, later split into 3 parts. Whilst the kata is linear, moving side to side, the techniques can be applied against attackers at any angle. The side to side movements in a low stance build up the necessary balance and strength for fast footwork and body shifting. #sajka#kznjka#jkakzn#stirlingkarate #karinprinsloo#lovekarate#tekkishodan
Heian Godan is the 5th and last kata in the Heian series and has 23 counts. It is perhaps the most athletic of the Heian series and visually very exciting. This kata employs movements, techniques and concepts that challenge the skills of the karateka.
The contrast between fast and slow is stressed in Heian Godan and the karateka is put to the test by performing the movements, including a jump, with speed and balance.
The fourth level Heian has 27 counts and has many similarities to Heian Nidan. The kata’s primary stance is kokutsu-dachi (back stance), but students first learning this kata must also contend with the new kosa-dachi, a cross stance that is quite awkward for most karateka. H4 introduces the student to many new techniques such as kosa-uke, shuto-uchi, kakiwake-uke, mae-empi, and hiza-tsuchi. To perform Heian Yondan also has more kicks (5) than the other Heian kata. Slow moves must also be mastered in this kata. Much of Heian Yondan involves double-hand techniques, with morote-uke (double-hand block) occurring more than any other technique. Obviously, morote-uke was held in high regard during this kata’s creation. #jka#sajka#pinetownjka#kznjka#karinprinsloo#kata#bunkai#shotokan#stacyurger#greenbelt#karate
References: Stacy Unger
Bowing is probably the feature of Japanese etiquette that is best known outside Japan, especially present in Japanese Martial Arts such as Karate.
Bowing is considered extremely important in Japan, so much so that, although children normally begin learning how to bow from a very young age, companies commonly provide training to their employees in how to execute bows correctly.
Basic bows are performed with the back straight and the hands at the sides (boys and men) or clasped in the lap (girls and women), and with the eyes down. Bows originate at the waist. Generally, the longer and deeper the bow, the stronger the emotion and the respect expressed.
Have a look at this highlights video from the KZN JKA championships is held annually as a combined club championships in KZN – Durban South Africa. The Tournament is a fantastic showcase of KZN’s karate students both big and small. It is a safe and exciting environment where many karate students get exposed to karate competition for the first time. #jka#sajka#pinetownjka#karinprinsloo#karate#kata#kumite