Instructions for Tachimura No Naihanchi - KishimotoDi Kata

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Instructions for Tachimura No Naihanchi - KishimotoDi Kata

Tachimura no Naihanchi is the first kata taught in the KishimotoDi system, and is the foundation of the style. All of the material taught after Tachimura no Naihanchi builds off of, or feeds back to, the material taught in Naihanchi.

For instructions regarding other KishimotoDi kata, please visit the main KishimotoDi kata section. If you are looking for the katas of other Karate styles (i.e. Shotokan or Wado-Ryu), please visit the main Katas & Forms section.

Video Demonstration of Tachimura No Naihanchi - KishimotoDi Kata

Written Instructions for Kata

  • Stand in musubi-dachi (joining/knot stance)
  • Cup the left hand and place the right hand in it, with the tips of the thumbs touching, as seen in yogic and Buddhist meditation
  • Turn head to look to the left
  • Right foot steps over the left into kosa-dachi (cross stance)
  • Left foot steps out into shiko-dachi (sumo/horse stance)
  • Squat and execute a left open-handed gedan-barai (low sweep)
  • Return to shiko-dachi and execute a right seiken-tsuki (foreknuckle thrust) to the left
  • Turn head to look to the right
  • Squat and execute a right open-handed gedan barai
  • Return to shiko-dachi and execute a left seiken-tsuki to the right
  • Left foot steps over right into kosa-dachi
  • Right foot steps out into shiko-dachi
  • Turn head to look forward
  • Execute left hand chudan-ude-uke (mid-level forearm receiver)
  • Execute morote-barai (double sweep), followed by right oniken/keikoken (demon/phoenix eye fist), placing right elbow in left fist
  • Turn head to look to the right
  • Execute right nami-gaeshi (returning wave)
  • Twist upper body to face right
  • Execute left nami-gaeshi
  • Squat and twist upper body to face left while executing right closed-fisted gedan-kesa-barai (low-level crossing sweep)
  • Return to shiko-dachi and twist upper body to face right, executing morote-tsuki (double thrust) to the right
  • Execute right haito-uke (ridgehand receiver) to the right
  • Execute left enpi-uchi (elbow strike) to the palm of the right hand
  • Repeat kata sequences, mirrored, beginning from Step 8 in these instructions (turn head, squat, open-handed gedan barai)
  • Repeat kata sequences, as originally done, to finish the kata
  • Return to musubi-dachi with hands in meditative posture


  1. Malmo Budoklubb YouTube Channel
  2. Noah Legel's YouTube Channel
  3. Chris Reeves' YouTube Channel
  4. Written kata instructions provided courtesy of Noah Legel, Budo No Kaizen,, Added - 08/12/14

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