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Katas of Wado Ryu

Pinan Nidan

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Pinan Nidan is officially the second of the five Pinan Katas, but because it has less moves and is easier to learn from a beginners point of view, it is most commonly the first kata you will learn in karate.

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1. Begin in ready stance (Shizentai/Yoi). Feet shoulder width apart, hands forming fists placed in front of your thighs.

2. Raise your left fist above your head, as if blocking to the head (jodan-uke), and take the right, fist palm-down across your chest. Slide out your left foot, so your in side cat stance , draw back your right fist to your right hip and strike downwards with your left fist, performing bottomfist strike (tetsui). These four moves are done at the same time as one technique.

3. Keep at a constant height as you step forward with your right foot into right forward stance. As you come to a stop, draw back your left fist to the left hip, using this action to power the right into a lunge punch (junzuki migi gamae).

3a. Step diagonally back with your right foot, bending your knee and raising your right heel from the floor, so you don't bob up. Fold your right arm, fist, palm-upwards, across your chest.

4. Continue swiveling your hips and turn into right forward stance. At the same time, blocking down (gedan barai) with your right arm.

5. Draw back your right foot and raise your right fist above your head, as if performing a head block.

6. Drop your right arm down in a sharp bottomfist strike/block.

7. Slide your left foot forward into a forward stance and punch with your left fist (junzuki hidari gamae). Time the punch so it happens as the slide forward comes to a stop.

7a. Slide your left foot to the left in preparation for a right angled turn. Fold your left arm across your chest with the fist resting by the right shoulder.

8. Complete the turn into left forward stance, performing a left lower block (gedan barai), at the same time.

9. Step forward into right forward stance as the movement is coming to a halt (and not before!), draw back your left fist to the hip and perform head block with the right arm (jodan uke).

10. Step through into left forward stance and perform a second jodan uke.

11. Step into right forward stance and perform third and final head block. Shout (Kiai) as you block.

12. Slide your back left foot right across and bring your left forearm across your chest, fist comes to rest by the right shoulder in preparation for a lower block. Keep both knees bent and maintain a constant height!

12a. Turn (mawette) onto the diagonal into left forward stance and complete left lower block (gedan barai).

13. Step into right forward stance and perform right lunge punch (junzuki migi gamae).

14. Slide you right foot across, fold your right arm across your chest and turn to the other diagonal. Block right lower block from right forward stance.

15. Step forward with your left foot and perform left lunge punch.

15a. Slide your left foot across as you fold your left arm across your chest. Preparing to go into left forward stance and lower block.

16. Take up your left forward stance and continue with the left lower block.

17. Step forward with the right foot and perform (junzuki migi gamae) right lunge punch.

18. Step forward with your left foot and perform left lunge punch (junzuki hidari gamae).

19. Step into right forward stance and perform third right lunge punch. Second Kiai of theKata occurs at this point.

20. Open both hands. Turn (mawette) anticlockwise on your leading right foot until you face the diagonal. Draw back your left foot raising the left heel off the floor into cat stance (neko ashi dachi).Right hand palm down, and take the left hand, palm upwards across the top, in preparation to strike. Do not straighten the knees!

21. Slide your left leg forwards into horse riding stance (shiko-dachi). As the slide is coming to a halt, twist your body into a low stance, both knees bent back straight, feet turned out slightly. Strike with your left spearhand (yonhon nukite) forward and turn it palm downwards. At exactly the same time, draw the right spearhand back to the chest and turn it palm upwards. The pull back and spearhand must occur at exactly the same time as each other.

21a. Keep your hands as they are and step through, still on the diagonal with your right foot, keeping the body at the same height.

22. As you twist your body and settle into horse riding stance again, draw back your left spearhand and thrust out your right spearhand strike.

23. Pivot clockwise on your left foot to the other diagonal and draw your right hand back, turning it palm upwards. At exactly the same time, draw back your right foot. Again into cat-stance (neko ashi dachi). Your right hand is on top with the palm turned upwards, your left is below with the palm turned downwards.

24. Slide forward into right horse riding stance and perform right spear hand palm turned downwards at exactly the same time pulling back the left spearhand across the chest palm turned upwards.

24a. Keep the hands as they are and step through, still on the diagonal, with your left foot, in preparation for your final strike.

25. As you settle into horse riding stance for the final time draw back your right spearhand and thrust out your left spearhand

26.Twist your right foot anticlockwise so it is facing forward, and pull your left leg round and back into line with the right to resume the upright standing position (shizentai/Yoi).