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KATA - 1st DAN

Kata is a key part of your karate journey and for 1st Dan's there are five 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...


Hengetsu, ian advanced kata practiced in Shotokan karate. It originates from the Naha-te school.  Mastery of this kata rests on mastery of hangetsu-dachi (half-moon stance) which is characterized by its semi-circular step movement of the back leg to the center, and then forward.  There are 32 moves in this kata.

(storming the fortress minor)

Bassai Sho,  Bassai Sho is the smaller version of "Penetrating a Fortress," having fewer movements and a slightly smaller frame than its predecessor, Bassai Dai.  There are 28 moves in this kata.

(Strange Hands)

Chinte,  is a kata practiced in Shotokan, Shito-ryu and in Okinawan Shorin-ryu Kyudokan. It is a very old kata originating from China. Its mixture of standard movements and rarely seen techniques, vestiges of ancient forms, give this kata a special appeal. There are 34 moves in this kata.

(Crane on a rock)

Gankaku, Formerly known as Chinto (Battle East), Gankaku is one of the most graceful Shotokan kata. The kata is usually translated as "Crane on a Rock," referring to the crane stance (tsuru-dachi), when one must sink on one-leg as if a crane perched, ready to strike.  There are 37 moves in this kata.


Tekki Nidan, Tekki stands for “horse riding” or “iron horse” because students use the straddle or horse riding stance in this kata. In Japanese, the horse riding stance is known as Kiba Dachi.  There are 24 moves in Tekki Nidan.

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 Honbu.  ESKA's many clubs are run by Senior Dan Grades (up to 7th Dan).

Become a member

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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