Heian shodan (kata) video
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Heian Shodan is the first of the five Heian, or “Peaceful Mind” Shotokan Karate katas. Heian Shodan is composed entirely of “basic” techniques. There is nothing “fancy” at all being done. For this reason, it could be said that Heian Shodan is actually the hardest of all kata to do and do correctly.
This kata introduces the student for the first time to the concept of tai sabaki (body shifting). This series of katas was originally known by it’s Okinawan name Pinan and was originally created by the great Okinawan master Itosu Anko (1831 – 1915) in order to teach the art of karate to children in Okinawa. Prior to the creation of this series of katas most new students were first taught the three Naihanchi or Tekki katas, however, master Itosu felt that these katas were too difficult for school age children and so he created the Pinan series as an alternative form of training. It is widely held that he created this series from the more advanced kata Kanku Dai.