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Shorin & Shorei

Shotokan Karate is comprised of 26 core kata, categorized into 2 types ‘Shorin’ and‘Shorei’.

Shorin kata movements are performed with the mind and bodyset of being flexible, soft and slow, with quick sharp movements.

Shorei kata movements are performed with the mind and bodyset of being strong, solid, with solid movements, strong-hard foundation.

Listed below are all 26 katas divided into their specific category:

Shorin

Kata Name # of Moves Kiai at Move # Kata Meaning
Heian Shodan 21 9, 17 “Peaceful Mind”
Heian Nidan 26 11, 26
Heian Sandan 20 10, 20
Heian Yondan 27 13, 25
Heian Godan 23 12, 19
Bassai Dai 42 19, 42 “Penetrating the Fortress – Big”
Kanku Dai 65 15, 65 “Look to the Sky – Big”
Empi 37 16,36 “Flying Swallow”
Gankaku 42 28, 42 “Crane on a Rock”
Bassai Sho 27 17, 22 “Penetrating the Fortress – Small”
Kanku Sho 48 6, 48 “Look to the Sky – Small”
Unsu 48 36, 48 “Parting the Clouds”
Nijushiho 24 18, 23 “Twenty-four Steps”
Wankan 24 24 “Kings and Crown”
Chinte 32 28, 32 “Rare Hands”
Gojushiho Dai 67 59, 66 “Fifty-four Steps – Big”
Gojushiho Sho 65 57, 64 “Fifty-four Steps – Small”

Shorei

Kata Name # of Moves Kiai at Move # Kata Meaning
Tekki Shodan 23 12, 19 “Iron Horse Stand”
Tekki Nidan 24 16,24
Tekki Sandan 36 16,36
Ji’on 47 17, 47 “Love and Goodness”
Jitte 24 13, 24 “Ten Hands”
Hangetsu 41 11,40 “Half Moon”
Sochin 41 30, 41 “Strength and Calm”
Meikyo 33 32 “Bright Mirror”
Ji’in 38 ? “Love and Shadow”
5 Comments
  1. Alison McLaren permalink

    I am really enjoying these articles. Would you object to me using these in newsletters for our parents / students at our Dojo?

    They are very interesting.

    Ossu!

    Alison

  2. Hi Alison, I’m glad you find these articles interesting and useful. Please do not print these articles verbatim in your newsletter without allowing me to approve the content first. I can contact you regarding this off-site.

  3. Symon Chipeta permalink

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