Karate Terminology

KATA NAMES & MEANINGS

Taikyoku:

Overview / Birds eye view

Pinan: 

"Peace and Harmony" 

To develop a peaceful mind and ensure harmony between the mind and body, even whilst carrying out fighting techniques.

Sanchin: 

3 parts or 3 phases. 

Sanchin seeks to develop 3 elements at a time:

Mind / Body / Techniques;  
Tento (top of the head) / Hara (diaphram) / Tanden (lower abdomen)

Yansu: 

"Purity of Principles"

Striving to maintain the purity of your principles and ideals rather than compromising your beliefs.

Skina: 

"Fortune and Luck"

Good fortune does not come by simply waiting. Each time we punch in this kata, imagine we are breaking down barriers. Strong and persistent effort directed at our problems will bring good fortune.

Gekisai-Dai: 

"Breaking down a large fortress" 

To develop fluidity, flexibility, mobility and combinations in our techniques. This will always overcome rigid and inflexible brute strength. Labelling such as dai/sho is simply an alternative to using numbers. 

Saiha:

"Big Wave" 

Through determination and bushido (warrior spirit) we can overcome any problem, no matter how large. 

Tensho: 

"Rolling or fluid hands" 

It refers to the 3 points as in Sanchin Kata.

Gekisai-Sho:

"Breaking down a small fortress"

Sai means fortress or stronghold. Geki means breakdown. 

Labelling such as dai/sho is simply an alternative to using numbers.

Seienchin:

"Calm before the storm"

The Samurai warriors would go on long expeditions. They needed to maintain their strength and spirit over these long periods of time. Stances in this kata such as kiba dachi need to be maintained, and this is where our strong spirit becomes evident.

Bo Kata Chion:

"Sound Knowledge"

Sound knowledge of each movement and technique is the first step towards performing a kata properly. Seeking out sound knowledge is the foundation to achieving any goal you have set for yourself.

Koryugojushiho:

Literally means "54 steps" 

The principle is that each step you take is a link to the next step. Your past is linked to your present, your present is linked to your future. In the same way, the modern is inextricably connected with the traditional. It is important to realize that whatever you achieve, it is always as a result of the steps you have taken to get there. You should never forget, therefore, or fail to appreciate, our parents, our teachers and the roots and tradition from which you come from.

Fusetsu-Dai: 

"Wind and Snow"

Black Belt Dan Titles

Meaning of Titles

Kaicho:

Founder of Seido Karate

Tadashi Nakamura

9th Dan 

Nidaime:

Vice Chairman of Seido Karate (Kaicho's son - "ni" for second / next in line)

Akira Nakamura

8th Dan 

Sei Shihan: 

Chief Master

7th Dan

Jun Shihan: 

New Master

6th Dan

Kyoshi: 

Senior Teacher

5th Dan

Sensei: 

Teacher

4th Dan

Senpai: 

Senior

1st to 3rd Dan

Seido Belt 

Ranking System

Seido Counting

System

Upper Body

Lower Body

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