The Heian kata series was introduced into the Okinawan School District karate program as gym training from to by Master Ankoh Itosu. Sensei Ankoh Itosu originally created the series of Heian katas around by using some movements mainly from Kosokun in terms of physics with some additions of his own study. There are five Heian and among these Heian Nidan and Sandan are comparatively easier to learn, therefore, it is just recommended that you begin to practice with Nidan and Sandan and then improve to Shodan, Yondan and Godan. If you would like to contact me, you can fill out the contact form and write your feedbacks, comments, or ask your questions and apply for seminars and I will reply it to you shortly. Welcome to Kyoshi A. Tanzadeh's personal webpage.
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Kata is often described as a set sequence of karate moves organized into a pre-arranged fight against imaginary opponents. The kata consists of kicks, punches, sweeps, strikes, blocks, and throws. Body movement in various kata includes stepping, twisting, turning, dropping to the ground, and jumping.
In Shotokan, kata is not a performance or a demonstration, but is for individual karateka to practice full techniques—with every technique potentially a killing blow; while paying particular attention to form and timing rhythm. Shotokan Karate is comprised of 26 katas, each with their own emphasis on fast and slow or controlled and powerfull movements.
Virtually all of the katas taught today in the Shotokan system have two kiai points. The kiai or "spirit cry" as it is sometimes referred to, occurs only at certain pre-determined moments in each kata. It is precisely at these pre-determined moments that the karate-ka is required to demonstrate a total commitment of body, mind, and spirit, and to channel all of their available energy and apply it appropriately to the required technique.
The kiai is a common thread that runs through all major styles of karate. It is important for every student to remember that as they rise up through the various kyu levels and Dan ranks, the continued regular practice of all of the previous katas that they have been taught is vital to their future progress.
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The Pinan kata originated in Okinawa and were adapted by Anko Itosu from older kata such as Kusanku and Channan  into forms suitable for teaching karate to young students. When Gichin Funakoshi brought karate to Japan , he renamed the kata to Heian , which is translated as "peaceful and safe". Korean Tang Soo Do , one of 5 original kwan of Korea, but not taekwondo , also practice these kata; they are termed, "Pyong-an" or "Pyung-Ahn", which is a Korean pronunciation of the term "ping-an". The Pinan kata were introduced into the school systems on Okinawa in , and were subsequently adopted by many teachers and schools in the s. One of the stories surrounding the history of the Pingan kata claims that Itosu learned a kata from a Chinese man living in Okinawa. This kata was called "Chiang Nan" by the Chinese man. The original form of the Channan kata is lost.
Heian Shodan - Shotokan Karate Kata
Kata is often described as a set sequence of karate moves organized into a pre-arranged fight against imaginary opponents. The kata consists of kicks, punches, sweeps, strikes, blocks, and throws. Body movement in various kata includes stepping, twisting, turning, dropping to the ground, and jumping. In Shotokan, kata is not a performance or a demonstration, but is for individual karateka to practice full techniques—with every technique potentially a killing blow; while paying particular attention to form and timing rhythm.
Shotokan Kata 1 (Heian Shodan) with Instructions & Videos
Heian shodan is a shorin kata containing 21 movements waza with 2 kiai points. It is the first kata you learn when joining Shotokan karate. Heian shodan was adapted from older kata by Anko Itosu to make them more suitable for young karateka. Being in the shorin category, this kata focuses on being flexible, soft and slow with quick, sharp movements.