Instructions for Shotokan Karate Kata 2 - Heian Nidan

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Instructions for Shotokan Karate Kata 2 - Heian Nidan

This page provides video and written instructions for Shotokan Karate kata - Heian Nidan. This is one of the Shotokan katas for color belt (non-black belt) Karate students. These instructions will help you to prepare for your next Shotokan Karate belt test. Heian Nidan is the second Shotokan kata after Heian Shodan.

Written step-by-step instructions for Heian Nidan are at the bottom of the page. You should also visit the Shotokan Bunkai - Heian Nidan page for practical applications of this kata.

For information on other Shotokan katas (i.e. Heian Shodan), please visit the main Shotokan Karate Katas section.

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Written Instructions for Shotokan Karate Kata - Heian Nidan

  • Heian Nidan has 26 movements. This kata requires accurate Shotokan stances (dachi).
  • Ready stance
  • Turn left 90 degrees into left back stance, double forearm block
  • Right upper cut, left side punch
  • Turn right 180 degrees into right back stance, double forearm block
  • Left upper cut, right side punch
  • Turn right 90 degrees into crane stance, right back fist, right side kick
  • Turn left 180 degrees into left back stance, left middle knife hand guarding block
  • Step forward into right back stance, right middle knife hand guarding block
  • Step forward into left back stance, left middle knife hand guarding block
  • Step forward into right front stance, right spear hand, yell Kiai
  • Turn left 270 degrees into left back stance, left middle knife hand guarding block
  • Turn right 45 degrees into right back stance, right middle knife hand guarding block
  • Turn 135 degrees into right back stance, right middle knife hand guarding block
  • Turn left 45 degrees into left back stance, left middle knife hand guarding block
  • Turn left 90 degrees into left front stance, right outside block
  • Turn right 45 degrees, right front kick, left middle punch
  • Left outside block, left front kick, right middle punch
  • Step forward into right front stance, double assisted forearm block
  • Turn left 270 degrees into left front stance, left low (downward) block
  • Turn right 45 degrees, step forward into right front stance, right rising block
  • Turn right 135 degrees into right front stance, right low (downward) block
  • Turn left 45 degrees into left front stance, left rising block, yell Kiai
  • Bring left foot back, return to ready stance


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