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Heian Nidan - "Peaceful Mind Number Two"


Heian Nidan introduces new techniques including:

Embusen

There are two Kiai points in Heian Nidan:

  1. The first occurs on the Chudan Nukite Zuki at the top of the Embusen; and
  2. The second occurs on the very last movement of the kata, which is a Jodan Age Uke (upper level rising block).

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.

"A kata without the body, mind, and spirit attempting to work in perfect harmony, is an empty, and hollow thing indeed".

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