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Sanchin No Kata

Sanchin is known as the oldest kata in Karate-do. Literally means “three battles” or “three conflicts”, and it can also be translated as “three points” or “three phases”. Certain legends attribute the creation of Sanchin to Bodhidharma in the early

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Pinan Katas

Pinan is the Okinawan pronunciation of the kanji characters for peace and relaxation (pronounced Heian in Japanese). Though the physical moves of kata involve techniques used for fighting, the purpose of kata is to develop a calm, peaceful mind and

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Katas in Kyokushin

There are approximately 70 Kata or formal exercise in Japanese & Okinawan karate. Kyokushin uses 37 in its grading syllabus: Kata Description Kyu Kihon kata sono ichi 1st basic kata for kids junior Kihon kata sono ni 1nd basic kata

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Taikyoku Sokugi

Taikyoku is literally translated as “grand ultimate”, and in Chinese, the kanji characters are pronounced Tai Chi. The word Taikyoku can also mean overview or the whole point – seeing the whole rather than focusing on the individual parts, and

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Taikyoku sono ichi, ni, san

Taikyoku is literally translated as “grand ultimate”, and in Chinese, the kanji characters are pronounced Tai Chi. The word Taikyoku can also mean overview or the whole point – seeing the whole rather than focusing on the individual parts, and

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What is Kata

The word kata means “shape” or “form”. The kanji for kata  is composed of the following characters: Katachi Katachi meaning “Shape”, Kai Kai meaning “Cut”, and Tsuchi Tsuchi meaning “Earth” or “Soil”. Literally translated, kata means “shape which cuts the

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