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Taikyoku Nidan - "Second Cause"

Taikyoku Nidan introduces a new hand technique:


There are two kiai points in Taikyoku Nidan:

  1. On the last jodan oi tsuki (upper level lunge punch) at the top of the embusen.
  2. On the last jodan oi tsuki (upper level lunge punch) at the bottom of the embusen.

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.

"Learning the pattern of all twenty-nine katas found in the Shotokan system is one thing, however, truly understanding them is a process that will take you an entire lifetime".

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