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KATA - Pre brown belt

Kata is a key part of your karate journey and leading up to brown belt there are six katas you will experience.  As a training aid, each of these kata's have been captured below for your reference.  The number of moves for each kata has been obtained from Kanazawa's kata books.  Over a thousand generations could live in you now...



TAIKYOKU SHODAN
(FIRST CAUSE)

Taikyoku Shodan,  involves only two basic moves: the gedan barai (low block), and chudan (middle) oi zuki (sometimes "oi tsuki"), or lunge punch.  All stances, except at the beginning and end, are zenkutsu dachi (front stance).  There are 20 moves to this kata and you only turn inwards to the embusen.

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HEIAN SHODAN
(PEACEFUL MIND FIRST LEVEL)

Heian Shodan,  builds on the moves in Taikyoku Shodan: Age uke block (upper rising block) and shuto uke (knife hand block).  The majority of stances are zenkutsu dachi (front stance) but the shuto uke moves are in kokutsu dachi (back stance).  There are 20 moves to this kata.




HEIAN NIDAN
(PEACEFUL MIND SECOND LEVEL)

Heian Nidan, builds includes some of the moves in Heian Shodan but also includes additional moves such as shihon nukite (spear hand strike), morote uke (augmented forearm block) and mae geri (front kick) and mikazuki geri (crescent kick).  There are 21 moves to this kata.




HEIAN SANDAN
(PEACEFUL MIND THIRD LEVEL)

Heian Sandan, introduces some new combinations which includes uchi uke or inside block , kosa uke or cross arm block, tetsui uchi or hammer fist and mikazuk igeri There are 21 moves to this kata.




HEIAN YONDAN
(PEACEFUL MIND FORTH LEVEL)

Heian Yondan, more moves and sequences introduced, including juji uke (x block),  empi uchi (elbow strike) and kakiwaki uke (reverse wedge block).  There are 21 moves to this kata.




HEIAN GODAN
(PEACEFUL MIND FIFTH LEVEL)

Heian Godan, (The Kata of all Katas as Sensei Stones would say) brings further combinations including the around the world hand rotation,  maizanonugeri (waterflow down the arm) and the first kata with a jump.  There are 21 moves to this kata.



 

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About ESKA

The English Shotokan Karate Association, better known as ESKA, is a renowned Karate association with clubs in Herts, Beds, Cambs and Essex. 

ESKA was founded in 1979 by Sensei's Eddie Witcher, Michael Randall, John Van Weenen, Michael Nursey, Roger Hall, Harry Jones and Greg Durant.

Hanshi Nursey (9th Dan) Chief Instructor of ESKA teaches the senior class at the Stevenage Hombu.  ESKA's many clubs are run by Senior Dan Grades (up to 7th Dan).

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The Stevenage club was opened in 1976 by Hanshi Michael Nursey who still runs the higher grade class on a Monday 19:30 - 20:30.

The main club 18:30 - 19:30 is now run by Sensei Graham Fountain 1st Dan.

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