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Gojushiho Sho - "Fifty Four Steps"

Gojushiho Sho introduces new techniques including:


There are two kiai points in Gojushiho Sho:

  1. On the chudan oi tsuki (middle level lunge punch) at the top of the  embusen (line of attack) three quarters of the way through the kata.
  2. On the second to last movement of the kata which is a chudan ryo te seiryuto uchi (middle level double handed ox jaw strike).

Tempo (speed)

The tempo of the kata demonstrated below has not been changed for filming. Everyone has their own tempo, however, it should remain similar for all forms/variations.

Demonstration of Kata

Demonstration of Kata Variations

Apart from the common "Omote" (front facing), way of performing kata (as shown above), kata can also be performed, "Ura" (opposite), "Go" (defensive) and "Go no Ura" (defensive opposite). Students will be required to be perform kata variations in advanced gradings.

Sensei Kase introduced these variations explaining that performing kata ura, go, or go no ura is closer to actual application in real fighting circumstances.

"The object of any karate lesson must always be, to develop the character of the individual, not to try and re-create the teacher".

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