Instructions for Shito-Ryu Kata - Pinan Shodan

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Instructions for Shito-Ryu Kata - Pinan Shodan

This page will help you to learn Shito-Ryu Karate Kata - Pinan Shodan. For additional Shito-Ryu Karate katas, please visit the main Shito-Ryu Karate Katas page. Written kata instructions are provided below.

If you have a question regarding a particular movement, please check with your instructor as katas can vary between different Shito-Ryu schools and organizations. If you need help with other Karate techniques (i.e. stances, kicks and strikes), please visit the main Karate section.

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Written Kata Instructions

  • Turn left 90 degrees in cat stance doing a left center block and right mid hammerfist strike, then a left upper hammerfist strike in Haiko dachi.
  • Turn right 180 degrees in cat stance doing a right center block and left mid hammerfist strike, then left upper hammerfist strike in Haiko dachi.
  • Turn right 90 degrees to cat stance with a right center block and a right mid area kick, then turn 180 degrees left and do three Shuto blocks in cat stances, then a right lower mid area spearhand hand strike in Zen stance; Kiai.
  • Turn le 225 degrees with a left shuto block in cat stance, then the same thing with the right hand and right foot forward, then turn right 90 degrees to your and do right Shuto block in cat stance then the same with left hand and left foot.
  • Turn 45 degrees left and do a right downward inward block in Zen stance, then a right mid area kick, then a left mid area punch in Zen stance, then a left mid area kick followed by a right mid area punch and a right supported center block in Zen.
  • Turn left 225 degrees to Zen stance with a downward block, then a right upper punch in Zen stance, then turn right 90 degrees into Zen stance right downward block, then a left upper punch in a Zen stance, then go to a ready stance.


  1. Kata instructions provided courtesy of SUNY Oneonta Shitoryu Karate,, Added - 04/22/14

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