Instructions for Wado-Ryu Karate Kata - Pinan Nidan

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Instructions for Wado-Ryu Karate Kata - Pinan Nidan

This page will help you to learn the Wado-Ryu kata - Pinan Nidan. This is the first Karate kata used in the Wado-Ryu system.

Written step-by-step instructions for Pinan Nidan are provided below. However, if you have any questions about a particular kata movement, please check with your instructor because kata instructions can vary by school and organization.

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Instructional Video for Wado-Ryu Kata - Pinan Nidan

Instructional Video for Wado-Ryu Kata - Pinan Nidan

Written Instructions for Wado-Ryu Kata - Pinan Nidan

  • From masuba dachi (atten­tion stance), rei (bow), then open to hachiji dachi (ready stance).
  • Drop your body,setting your left foot to your left, into a left mahamni neko ashi dachi (left side fac­ing cat leg stance), 90 degrees to your left, while doing a full motion agi uke (ris­ing block)dropping into a tet­sui uke (ham­mer fist block)with your left hand.
  • Step for­ward into a right jun­zuki dachi throw­ing a right junzuki.
  • Pull the front hand back across the chest. Pull the front foot back behind you twice the length of your pre­vi­ous stance, as you set it over to your left twice the width of your pre­vi­ous stance. Turn the body, to the right 180 degrees, with­out fur­ther move­ment of the feet (except to allow them to pivot around), into a right jun­zuki dachi (right front stance) throw­ing a right gedan uke (right low block.)
  • Pull your right foot back to a shazen­tai dachi (nat­ural stance)(keep the right foot as your front foot and keep the angle of the feet as they were, just pull the foot back, the front heel even with the back toes, and let the legs straighten (don’t lock the legs). As you pull the foot back exe­cute a full motion agi uke (ris­ing block) drop­ping into a tet­sui uke (ham­mer fist block) with your right hand.
  • Step for­ward into a left jun­zuki dachi throw­ing a left junzuki.
  • Turn your body, to the left 90 degrees, as you set your left foot to the left into a left jun­zuki dachi (left front stance), and throw a left gedan uke (left low block).
  • Step for­ward into a right jun­zuki dachi (right front stance) throw­ing a right jodan uke (right high block).
  • Step for­ward into a left jun­zuki dachi (left front stance) throw­ing a left jodan uke (left high block).
  • Step for­ward into a right jun­zuki dachi (right front stance) throw­ing a right jodan uke (right high block).
  • Set your left (back) foot around behind you 45 degrees, and let your body fol­low (turn­ing around to the left 225 degrees) into a left jun­zuki dachi (left front stance), end­ing with a left gedan uke (left low block).
  • Step for­ward into a right jun­zuki dachi (right front stance) throw­ing a right jun­zuki (right front punch).
  • Turn your body, to the right 90 degrees, as you set your right foot to the right into a right jun­zuki dachi (right front stance), and throw a right gedan uke (right low block).
  • Step for­ward into a left jun­zuki dachi (left front stance) throw­ing a left jun­zuki (left front punch).
  • Turn your body, to the left 45 degrees, as you set your left foot to the left into a left jun­zuki dachi (left front stance), and throw a left gedan uke (left low block).
  • Step for­ward into a right jun­zuki dachi (right front stance) throw­ing a right jun­zuki (right front punch).
  • Step for­ward into a left jun­zuki dachi (left front stance) throw­ing a left jun­zuki (left front punch).
  • Step for­ward into a right jun­zuki dachi (right front stance) throw­ing a right jun­zuki (right front punch).
  • Pull your left foot back into a left shomen neko ashi dachi (left front fac­ing cat stance) as you pivot the body to the left 225 degrees. As you make the turn, open your hands (the left one is in a yohon nukite (spear hand) posi­tion and the right one is in a open hand posi­tion, do not turn the hands over) and allow the right arm to relax back slightly on your cen­ter line and pointed straight for­ward as the left hand moves for­ward to a posi­tion just above the right hand and par­al­lel to it.
  • Step for­ward with the left foot and turn into a left shiko dachi (four point stance) as you extend the left yohon nukite (left spear hand) (palm down), to your left side at belt level and draw the right arm back (palm up), fin­ish­ing across your body. The right upper arm is hang­ing down, pulling for­ward from the shoul­der just enough to allow the lower arm to be par­al­lel across the front of your body. The lower arm is angled up slightly, cross­ing over the solar plexus, with the wrist remain­ing straight and the fin­ger tips extend­ing past the edge of the body.
  • Turn your body for­ward (the direc­tion your left hand was strik­ing, which is 45 degrees to the left of your orig­i­nal front line when you bowed) and step for­ward with your right foot into a right shiko dachi (right four point stance) as you extend the right yohon nukite (right spear hand) (palm down), to your right side at belt level and draw the left arm back (palm up), fin­ish­ing across your body. The left upper arm is hang­ing down, pulling for­ward from the shoul­der just enough to allow the lower arm to be par­al­lel across the front of your body. The lower arm is angled up slightly, cross­ing over the solar plexus, with the wrist remain­ing straight and the fin­ger tips extend­ing past the edge of the body.
  • Pull your right foot back into a right shomen neko ashi dachi (right front fac­ing cat stance) as you pivot the body to the right 90 degrees (45 degrees to the right of your orig­i­nal front line when you bowed). As you make the turn, flip both hands over (the right one remains in a yohon nukite (spear hand) posi­tion and the left one remains in a open hand posi­tion) and allow the right arm to relax back slightly on your cen­ter line and pointed straight for­ward as the left hand moves for­ward to a posi­tion just below the right hand and par­al­lel to it.
  • Step for­ward with the right foot and turn into a right shiko dachi (right four point stance) as you extend the right yohon nukite (spear hand) (palm down), to your right side at belt level and draw the left arm back (palm up), fin­ish­ing across your body. The left upper arm is hang­ing down, pulling for­ward from the shoul­der just enough to allow the lower arm to be par­al­lel across the front of your body. The lower arm is angled up slightly, cross­ing over the solar plexus, with the wrist remain­ing straight and the fin­ger tips extend­ing past the edge of the body.
  • Turn your body for­ward (the direc­tion your right hand was strik­ing, which is 45 degrees to the right of your orig­i­nal front line when you bowed) and step for­ward with your left foot into a left shiko dachi (left four point stance) as you extend the left spear hand (palm down), to your left side at belt level and draw the right arm back (palm up), fin­ish­ing across your body. The right upper arm is hang­ing down, pulling for­ward from the shoul­der just enough to allow the lower arm to be par­al­lel across the front of your body. The lower arm is angled up slightly, cross­ing over the solar plexus, with the wrist remain­ing straight and the fin­ger tips extend­ing past the edge of the body.
  • Pull the right foot back and let the arms relax to your sides, end­ing in hachiji dachi (ready stance).
  • Close to masuba dachi (atten­tion stance), then rei (bow).

Kata Tips - Help­ful Hints & Reminders

  • In every move of this kata, the hand that is either punch­ing or block­ing, is the front hand (the hand that is on the same side as the foot that is forward).
  • All turns are made by mov­ing the front foot, except the “big turns” (after your third high block and, after your third punch in suc­ces­sion). And ALL turns are made by mov­ing the foot toward the back of the non-moving foot (NEVER ACROSS THE TOES).
  • Use this to teach 45 degree's, it's the first time this is displayed in Kata.
  • Look at Bunkai, the kata is so rich in it if you look hard enough, an example, the second Muwatte, followed by Gedanbarai and the hammer fist. From the oitzuke before this, a grab and pull opponent aroung with the Muwatte Gedanbarai, hammerfist as a finisher. That's an easy one to find.

References

  1. The written kata instructions were kindly provided by Dojo Update, Pinan Nidan Kata, http://www.dojoupdate.com/wado-ryu-katas/pinan-ni-dan, Added - 10/20/14



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