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Kenwa Mabuni, founder of Shitō-ryū Karate
Date founded 1931
Country of origin Japan Japan
Founder Kenwa Mabuni (1889–1952)
Current head Mabuni Kenei
Arts taught Karate
Ancestor arts Shuri-te, Naha-te, Tomari-te and Go-Kenki influence.
Ancestor schools Shōrin-ryū
Descendant schools Shitō-kai • Shūkō-kaiSeishin-kai • Kuniba-kai • Kenwa-Kai

Shitō-ryū (糸東流?) is a form of karate that was founded in 1931 by Kenwa Mabuni (摩文仁 賢和 Mabuni Kenwa?).


Kenwa Mabuni (Mabuni Kenwa 摩文仁 賢和) was born in Shuri, Okinawa in 1889. Mabuni was a 17th generation descendant of the famous warrior Uni Ufugusuku Kenyu.[1] Perhaps because of his weak constitution, he began his instruction in his home town in the art of Shuri-te (首里手?) at the age of 13, under the tutelage of the legendary Ankō Itosu (糸州 安恒 Itosu Ankō?) (1831–1915). He trained diligently for several years, learning many kata from this great master. It was Itosu who first developed the Pinan kata, which were most probably derived from the "Kusanku" form.

One of his close friends, Chōjun Miyagi (宮城 長順 Miyagi Chōjun?) (co-founder of Gojū-ryū Karate) introduced Mabuni to another great of that period, Kanryō Higaonna (東恩納 寛量 Higaonna Kanryō?). Mabuni began to learn Naha-te (那覇手?) under him. While both Itosu and Higaonna taught a "hard-soft" style of Okinawan "Te", their methods and emphases were quite distinct: the Itosu syllabus included straight and powerful techniques as exemplified in the Naihanchi and Bassai kata; the Higaonna syllabus stressed circular motion and shorter fighting methods as seen in the kata Seipai and Kururunfa. Shitō-ryū focuses on both hard and soft techniques to this day.

Although he remained true to the teachings of these two great masters, Mabuni sought instruction from a number of other teachers, including Seishō Arakaki, Tawada Shimboku, Sueyoshi Jino and Wu Xianhui (a Chinese master known as Go-Kenki). In fact, Mabuni was legendary for his encyclopaedic knowledge of kata and their bunkai applications. By the 1920s, he was regarded as the foremost authority on Okinawan kata and their history and was much sought after as a teacher by his contemporaries. There is even some evidence that his expertise was sought out in China, as well as Okinawa and mainland Japan. As a police officer, he taught local law enforcement officers and at the behest of his teacher Itosu, began instruction in the various grammar schools in Shuri and Naha.

In an effort to popularize karate in mainland Japan, Mabuni made several trips to Tokyo in 1917 and 1928. Although much that was known as "Te" (Chinese Fist; lit. simply "hand") or karate had been passed down through many generations with jealous secrecy, it was his view that it should be taught to anyone who sought knowledge with honesty and integrity. In fact, many masters of his generation held similar views on the future of Karate: Gichin Funakoshi (founder of Shotokan), another contemporary, had moved to Tokyo in the 1920s to promote his art on the mainland as well.

By 1929, Mabuni had moved to Osaka on the mainland, to become a full-time karate instructor of a style he originally called Hanko-ryū, or "half-hard style". The name of the style changed to Shitō-ryū, in honor of its main influences. Mabuni derived the name for his new style from the first kanji character from the names of his two primary teachers, Higa(shi)onna and I(to)su. With the support of Ryusho Sakagami (1915–1993), he opened a number of Shitō-ryū dojo in the Osaka area, including one at Kansai University and the Japan Karatedō-kai dojo. To this day, the largest contingent of Shitō-ryū practitioners in Japan is centered in the Osaka area.[2][3]

Mabuni published a number of books on the subject and continued to systematize the instruction method. In his latter years, he developed a number of formal kata, such as Aoyagi, for example, which was designed specifically for women's self-defense. Perhaps more than any other master in the last century, Mabuni was steeped in the traditions and history of Karate-dō, yet forward thinking enough to realize that it could spread throughout the world. To this day, Shitō-ryū recognizes the influences of Itosu and Higaonna: the kata syllabus of Shitō-ryū is still often listed in such a way as to show the two lineages.

Kenwa Mabuni died on May 23, 1952, and the lineage of the style was disputed between his two sons, Kenzō and Kenei. Currently, the Shitō-ryū International Karate-dō Kai (also known as Seito Shitō-ryū) lists Kenzō Mabuni as the second Sōke of Shitō-ryū,[4] while the World Shitō-ryū Karate-dō Federation (also known as Shitō-kai Shitō-ryū) lists Kenei Mabuni.[5]


Other schools of Shitō-ryū developed after the death of Kenwa Mabuni, both because the death of a founder typically results in a dispute as to who will succeed him as the leader of a given school and because many prominent Karate teachers choose to modify the style, thereby creating new branches.

Major existing branches of Shitō-ryū include:

  • Saito-ha Shito-ryu Karate-Do: Del Saito, Saito-ha Shito-ryu Soke, is one of the most highly respected karate-do instructors today. His expertise in Shito-Ryu Karate-do has made a great impact on many karate-ka throughout the world[6]
  • Shitō-kai: founded by Manzo Iwata in Tokyo and by Kenei Mabuni in Osaka. These two branches were reunited in 1964, establishing All Japan Karate-dō Federation Shitō-Kai,[7][non-primary source needed] which, after the death of Manzo Iwata in 1993, became known as World Shitō-ryū Karate-dō Federation.[5][non-primary source needed] It was led by president Ken Sakio (a student of Chōki Motobu and Kenwa Mabuni) from 1993 to 2004, and is currently led by president Tokio Hisatomi, a student of Kenwa Mabuni[8][non-primary source needed] Recently, Kenei Mabuni founded a private organization, International Dento (Traditional) Shitō-ryū, which is separate from the WSKF.
  • Seitō Shitō-ryū: is the style promoted by Shitō-ryū International Karate-dō Kai and is the other of the two branches claiming direct lineage from Kenwa Mabuni. It was founded by his son Kenzo Mabuni and, since his death in 2005, belongs to Kenzo's daughter, Tsukasa Mabuni. In the 1990s, several Shito-ryu masters affiliated themselves with Kenzo Mabuni. It should be noted that Japan Karate Federation does not recognize Seitō Shitō-ryū and that dan ranks in Seitō Shitō-ryū are not accepted in Japan.[9][non-primary source needed]
  • Kurobayashi-ha Shito-ryu Karate-Do: founded by Rudy Crosswell, a student of Shogo Kuniba, Teruo Hayashi and Kenzo Mabuni, in 2012 after 50 years of training in Shito-ryu. He is one of the most highly respected karate-do instructors today. His expertise in Shito-Ryu Karate-do has made a great impact on many karate-ka throughout the world[10]
  • Shūkōkai: founded by Chōjirō Tani, student of Mabuni Kenwa, in 1949. This style represents the Tani-ha version of Shitō-ryū. Tani's most senior student, Shigeru Kimura, left Japan in 1965 to teach Shūkōkai in Africa. Kimura continued to teach after travelling to Europe, before settling in the United States in 1970 at the age of 29, where he taught at Yonezuka's Cranford dojo for two years; creating the first Shukokai World Tournament in 1981. Kimura died of a heart attack on 11 January 1998.[citation needed]
  • Seishin-kai: founded by Kōsei Kokuba, student of Mabuni Kenwa and Chōki Motobu in 1943 in Osaka, Japan. This school originally represented Motobu-ha Shitō-ryū but no longer claims this lineage.[citation needed]
  • Kuniba-Kai International: founded by Shōgō Kuniba, the son of Kōsei Kokuba. He moved to Portsmouth VA in 1983. His dojo separated from Seishin-Kai after his death in 1992 and became known as Kuniba-Kai. Kuniba-Kai is now led by Shōgō's son, Kōzō Kuniba. The organization's headquarters is located in Osaka, Japan.[11][non-primary source needed]
  • Hayashi-ha Shitō-ryū-kai: founded by Teruo Hayashi, student of Kenwa Mabuni and Kōsei Kokuba in 1970.[12][non-primary source needed] Hayashi led Seishin-kai before founding Hayashi-ha Shitō-ryū-kai. Hayashi-ha Shitō-ryū combines many Ryūei-ryū techniques that Hayashi learned while studying in Okinawa. The European organization is run by Miguel Fernández Vázquez, Barcelona, Spain. In the USA, Hayashi-ha is run by Akio Minakami in Seattle.[13][non-primary source needed] Teruo Hayashi died in 2004.
  • Inoue-ha Shitō-ryū Keishin-kai : founded by Yoshimi Inoue (井上慶身) in 2004 as a direct descendant of Hayashi-ha Shitō-ryū with headquarters in Tottori, Japan and dojos in Venezuela, USA, Sweden, Brazil, and other countries. Inoue is a senior coach of the Japan National Karate Kata Competition team and his students include a number of World Kata champions.[14]
  • Itosu-kai: founded by Ryusho Sakagami (1915–1993) on March 1, 1940 as Shito-ryu Karate Sakagami Dojo in Kawanishi City, Hyōgo Prefecture.[15][non-primary source needed] He succeeded to the position of 3rd soke of Itosu-ha on January 2, 1952, and he officially named the organization Japan Karatedo Itosu-kai and the style "Itosu-ryu" in 1969. The branch is now run by Ryusho's son Sadaaki Sakagami, 4th soke of Itosu-Ry
  • Sanshin-kan: founded by Tamas Weber in Stockholm, Sweden. He was a student of Tani, Hayashi, Kuniba, and others. The term "San" (three in Japanese) stands for tradition, spirit, and justice. Sanshin-kan organization was established in 1969.[16][non-primary source needed]
  • Hokushin: taught by Minobu Miki in San Diego, California. Minobu was a student of Teruo Hayashi until Minobu left the Hayashi-ha organization.[17]
  • Seiko-kai: founded by Seiko Suzuki in 1993 in Shinkoiwa, Tokyo-Japan. Suzuki was a senior student of Ryusho Sakagami.[18][non-primary source needed]
  • Kurokawa-ha Shitō-ryū-kai: founded in 1995 by Timothy M. Brooks, student of Teruo Hayashi, Shōgō Kuniba and Ryusho Sakagami.[19][non-primary source needed]
  • Aoinagi-ha Shitō-ryū Karate-dō: founded by Raymond Castilonia, MD, a student of Chuzo Kotaka and Richard Kim, in California in 1978.[20][non-primary source needed] Aoinagi means "green willow tree" in Japanese.
  • Nobukawa-ha Shitō-ryū Karate-dō: founded by Nobukawa Kuniaki, a student of Tani Chojiro and Hayashi Teruo, in Hyogo Japan in 1976.[21][non-primary source needed] Nobukawa-ha Shitoryu is named after Nobukawa Kuniaki family name. The style in India is represented and taught by Naresh Sharma, Renshi, 5th Dan direct student of Nobukawa Kuniaki.
  • Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Academy of India: founded by Naresh Sharma, a student of Nobukawa Kuniaki president and soke of Japan Karate-Do Nobukawa-ha Shitoryu Kai India. Naresh Sharma is one of the most famous exponent of Japanese martial arts in India.[22][non-primary source needed] Nobukawa-ha Shitoryu is founded by Naresh Sharma in India. For more information please visit'
  • Suresh (Raman) Manuel-Go Dan Shito Ryu Karate-dō: Founded by Shihan Suresh Manuel, a practitioner of Karate, Yoga, TaiChi and Jujitsu for more than 3 decades and a 7 Times Indian National Karate (Kumite) Champion and an international double gold medal winner (Kumite) in the Tony Ponniaha Hayashi Ha Shito Ryu Karate International competition in the year 2000. Mr. Raman began learning Shito Ryu Karate in 1984 under the tutelage of Dai Sensei Moses Thilak, 8th Dan Black Belt National Head Kenwa Mabuni Shito Ryu Karate of India, a Member of the All India Karate Do Federation." The All India Karate Do Federation is the supreme body of Karate Sports in India. It was registered under the Societies Act of 1860 and its objective is to control and propagate the sport/art of Karate-do in the territory of India from a grassroots level to the top by organizing training camps/seminars and tournaments at the National level. It also aims to promote and develop Nationwide the true art and spiritual culture of Karate-do for physical culture, self-defense, amateur sport and to represent India in the International Championships and to organize standardized karate-do competitions governed by the rules of refereeing and judging of The World Karate-do Federation. The All India Karate-do Federation is the only Karate Federation recognized by the Government of India and The Indian Olympic Association as well as The Asian Karate Federation and World Karate Federation. The AIKF began with only two states as its members and 3 government/semi government bodies in its fold". It was later joined by National Referee - Ryu Shin Kan Shito Ryu, the Karate-do India and Soke Kunio Miyake 8th Dan Black Belt of Shuko Kai International Shito Ryu, ( sharing his Shito Ryu karate knowledge with children and Elite Athletes of many Shuko Kai and other style karate-do family in various parts of the World. It became a member of The USA Karate Federation in 2012 (Mr. Raman became a Judge in the year 2014) and began competing in various Karate Championships in the United States in competitions recognized by USANKF,( Mr. Raman Competed in the USA National Karate Championships and Team trials in 2012 in Florida (team of Senthil Thiyagarajan, Diego AND Suresh ) and advanced to the Team Kata division and won first place. Mr. Raman competed in the Individual Kata Advanced Division in the 5th Goju Kensha Karate Cup in 2012 and 6th Goju Kensha cup in 2013 and won first place. He also competed in the 3rd Peach Tree Karate Cup in Atlanta in 2014 in the Advanced Men's Individual Kata Division and won first place.
  • * International:
  • Represented INDIA in the 6th Karate World Cup held at Manila, Philippines in Sep’ 97.
  • Team Member INDIA in the 9th South Asian Federation Games Islamabad ’ 01
  • Represented INDIA in the 5th Asian Senior Karate-Do Championships held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Oct’01.
  • Represented India in the Hayashiha Shito-Ryu Karate International Championship held at JJ Indoor Stadium Chennai Tamilnadu’ 2000 and won medals in the following events,a.Men Open Kumite-Gold, b.Men Individual Kumite-Gold
  • National:
  • Represented Tamil Nadu in the 22nd All India Karate-Do Federation Championship held at Kolkata in Sep’ 2008 and won medals in the following events,
  • a.Men Team Kumite-Silver
  • Represented Tamil Nadu in the 17th All India Karate-Do Federation Championship held at Mumbai in Feb’ 2002 and won medal in the following event,
  • a.Men Individual Kumite (60–65 kg)-Silver
  • Represented Tamil Nadu in the 16th All India Karate-Do Federation Championship held at Bhopal in Feb’ 2000 won medals in the following event,
  • a.Men Team Kumite-Silver
  • Represented Tamil Nadu in the 1st Indian Open National Karate Championship held at Thiruvananthapuram in Apr’ 99 and won medals in the following events,
  • a.Men Individual Kumite (60–65 kg)-Gold
  • b.Men Team Kata-Bronze
  • c.Men Open Kumite-Bronze
  • Represented Tamil Nadu in the 15th All India Karate-Do Federation Championship held at Bangalore in Feb’ 99 and won medals in the following events,
  • a.Men Team Kumite-Silver
  • Represented Tamil Nadu in the All India Karate-Do Federation 3rd South Zone Championship held at Chennai in Jul’ 99 and won medals in the following events,
  • a.Men Open Kumite-Gold
  • b.Men Team Kumite-Gold
  • Represented Tamil Nadu in the 14th All India Karate-Do Federation Championship held at Chennai in Mar’ 98 and won medals in the following events,
  • a.Men Kumite Open-Gold
  • b.Men Individual Kumite (55–60 kg)-Silver
  • c.Men Team Kumite-Gold
  • Represented Tamil Nadu in the 5th All India Karate Shito-Ryu Nationals held at Coimbatore in Dec’ 96 and won medals in the following events,
  • a.Men Individual Kumite (55–60 kg)-Gold
  • d.Men Team Kumite-Silver
  • Represented Tamil Nadu in the 13th All India Karate-Do Federation Championship held at Chennai in Jan’ 96 and won medals in the following events,
  • a.Men Individual Kumite (55–60 kg)-Gold
  • c.Men Team Kumite-Silver
  • Tamil Nadu State and Chennai District Champion since 1987.
 Karate team for SAF Games

Eight times State Champion, National Gold Medalist - 1996, National Silver Medalist - 1998 and 1999, South Zone Gold Medalist - 1999 and Gold Medalist at the International Championship 2000, at Chennai. That sums up the achievements of 29-year-old Suresh Manuel, National and State Karate Champion. He is one of the five karatekas from Chennai who are part of the 16-member Karate team that has been selected for the South Asian Federation Games by the All India Karate Federation (AIKF). spoke to Suresh Manuel about his experience and his other teammates from Chennai. Suresh started learning Karate from the age of 11 from Dai Sensei Moses Thilak. He proved to be a promising student and soon had his 4th degree Black Belt. Speaking about his preparation for the SAF Games he said, "I am practicing for four hours everyday, 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening. While I practice with my teammates in the morning, in the evenings I practice alone and work out on my endurance. Last time, the Indian team got mostly silver medals. This time it is bound to change and we will definitely return with a gold. We have had more practice this time around even though we still do not have foreign coaches. I am very confident that we will bring back the Gold". The other members of the 5-member team from Chennai include, Mohana Sundaram V, who is the senior most in the whole team. At 38 he is still fighting fit and wants to achieve something great before he retires. T Senthil is a seven-time National Champion. Masood Ahmed is yet another superb karateka, who is a four-time National Champion and Gopalakrishnan, is the youngest of the lot, having just come from the junior level to the men's level. He has however performed commendably at the junior level, having won the gold medal three times at the Junior level of the National Championships. Recently, the State Government has announced a reward scheme, where a sportsperson would get a huge sum of money for a gold in Olympics. Unless a sportsperson is backed and rewarded for the laurels that he wins for the state and the country at the National level, South Asian level and at the Asian level, he cannot be in a position to win a medal at the Olympics. In countries abroad, in sports like Karate and so on, the players are segregated into various classes and according to their performance in their class they are rewarded accordingly. In our country also the same needs to be done, the players at various levels from Club, District, State, Zone, National, South Asian, Asian and World level need to be rewarded according to each level. And unless this is done, the Indian dream of winning a gold at the Olympics would remain just a dream.

  • "Mouko-Ken" (Fierce Tiger Fist) Shitō-ryū Karate-dō: founded in 1995 by John Gaddy, a disciple of Yoshisada Yonezuka. In 1983, John Gaddy competed on the Men's USA Black Belt Team that traveled to Kimura's Shukokai World Championships held in Porto, Portugal.


Shitō-ryū is a combination style, which attempts to unite the diverse roots of karate. On one hand, Shitō-ryū has the physical strength and long powerful stances of Shuri-te derived styles, such as Shorin-ryū and Shotokan (松涛館); on the other hand, Shitō-ryū also has the circular and eight-directional movements, breathing power, and hard and soft characteristics of Naha-te styles such as Uechi-ryū and Gōjū-ryū (剛柔流). Shitō-ryū is extremely fast, but still can be artistic and powerful. In addition, Shitō-ryū formalizes and emphasizes the five rules of defense, developed by Kenwa Mabuni, and known as Uke no go gensoku (受けの五原則), Uke no go genri (受けの五原理) or Uke no go ho (受けの五法):[23]

  • 落花 (rakka, "falling petals"). The art of blocking with such force and precision as to completely destroy the opponent's attacking motion. Examples of rakka are the most well-known blocks, such as gedan-barai (下段払い) or soto-uke (外受け).
  • 流水 (ryūsui, "running water"). The art of flowing around the attacker's motion, and through it, soft blocking. Examples are nagashi-uke (流し受け) and osae-uke (押さえ受け).
  • 屈伸 (kusshin, "elasticity"). This is the art of bouncing back, storing energy while recoiling from the opponent's attack, changing or lowering stance only to immediately unwind and counterattack. Classic examples are stance transitions zenkutsu (前屈立ち) to kōkutsu (後屈立ち) and moto-dachi (基立ち) to nekoashi-dachi (猫足立ち).
  • 転位 (ten'i, "transposition"). Ten'i is the utilization of all eight directions of movement, most importantly stepping away from the line of attack.
  • 反撃 (hangeki, "counterattack"). A hangeki defense is an attack which at the same time deflects the opponent's attack before it can reach the defender. Examples of this are various kinds of tsuki-uke (突き受け), including yama-tsuki (山突き).

Modern Shitō-ryū styles also place a strong emphasis on sparring. Shitō-ryū stresses speed, and fighting is generally initiated from a higher, more upright stance than Shotokan employs. On the other hand, because the style has so many kata, a great deal of time is spent perfecting any one of its 40 to 60 forms.[3]

Opening ceremony (Reishiki)[edit]

Ritsu rei - Standing bow to Sensei

Seiza - Sensei sits (formal sitting position), the class sits in seiza facing shomen and prepares for class. Head student (sempai) calls out:

Mokuso! This means "Close your eyes and Clear your mind!" After about a minute, the sempai student calls out:

Kaimoku! This means: "Open your eyes!" or Mokuso Yame! This means “Finish meditation”

Zarei - Next the class performs three zarei or sitting bows. The head student calls out:

Shomen ni rei! This means "Bow to the front of the dojo." After the class finishes this bow, the Sensei will turn around and face the class and the head student will call out:

Sensei ni rei! - This means "Bow to the Teacher!" As the class bows to the teacher, the teacher will return the bow. As each student bows, they recite "Onegaishimasu" which means "Please (teach me!)"

Otagai ni rei! - This means "Bow to each other!" Both the teacher and the students will bow to each other at the same time. This is to acknowledge that we are all students of the art of Karate Do.

At this point the Sensei will indicate that the class should stand up and practice will begin.


These are all the katas of Shitō-ryū and an orientative grade for each of them:

Basic Katas

  • Hiji-Ate Goho
  • Junino Kata
  • Daichi Dosa
  • Daini Dosa
  • Daisan Dosa
  • Daiyon Dosa
  • Heian Shodan (pinan sho-dan)
  • Heien Nidan (pinan ni-dan)
  • Heian Sandan (pinan san-dan)
  • Heien Yondan (pinan yon-dan)
  • Heian Godan (pinan go-dan)
  • Myoju
  • Aoyagi/Seiryu
  • Juroku
  • Naifanchi shodan
  • Naifanchi nidan
  • Naifanchi sandan
  • Sanchin
  • Tensho (Rokushu)

1st Dan

  • Bassai sho
  • Bassai dai
  • Niseishi
  • Wanshu

2nd Dan

  • jiin
  • Jion
  • Jitte
  • Seienchin
  • Seisan
  • Matsukaze/Wankan

3rd Dan

  • Seipai
  • Kosokun sho
  • Kosokun dai
  • Shiho Kosokun
  • Matsumura no Seisan
  • Matsumura no Rohai

4th Dan

  • Chintei
  • Soochin
  • Chinto
  • Sanseiru
  • Tomari no Wanshu
  • Shimpa

5th Dan

  • Annan
  • Shisoochin
  • Unsu
  • Kururunfa
  • Tomari no Bassai
  • Paiku

6th Dan

  • Gojushiho
  • Heiku
  • Nipaipo
  • Haffa
  • Hakkaku
  • Papuren
  • Ishime no Pasaï

7th Dan

  • Suparimpei
  • Chatanyara no Kusanku
  • Tomari no Chinto
  • Tomari no Pasaï
  • Shinsei ich
  • Shinsei ni
  • Sooshin
  • Annanko

8th Dan

  • Tomari no wanshu
  • Oya domari basai
  • Kian Chinto
  • itosu no rohai shodan
  • itosu no rohai nidan
  • itosu no rohai sandan
  • Kaishu Naifanshin
  • Kaishu Sanshin
  • Häu~fa ...

Kunshi no Ken (The Noble Discipline)[edit]

Mabuni's motto "Kunshi no Ken" which means to concentrate on cultivating oneself to become a well-rounded, respectful individual. The person who is able to accomplish this as well as to exercise good manners in all situations with self-discipline and respect, who is able to assume accountability for one's actions, and to keep one's integrity as to set an example for others, is considered a Shito-ryu practitioner.

Heijutsu no Sanbyo[edit]

The three weaknesses or sicknesses of Martial Arts by Kenwa Mabuni.

Hitotsu - Giryo (One - Doubt or Skepticism)

Hitotsu - Ketai (One - Negligence)

Hitotsu - Manshin (One - Egotism)


List of techniques, used in Shitō-ryū style of Karate. Blocks, kicks and strikes can be jōdan, chūdan or gedan and related to migi (right) or hidari (left).

Dachi (stances)[edit]


  • Heisoku dachi: Toes & heels together, (closed foot stance), at "attention".
  • Musubi dachi: Heels together, & toes apart, (open foot stance) "knot" shape.
  • Heiko dachi: Feet apart, parallel (open, hip width).
  • Hachiji dachi: Feet apart, toes pointing OUT at 45 degrees (open, shoulder width).
  • Uchi-Hachiji dachi (Niafanchi Dachi): Feet apart, toes pointing IN at 45 degrees (open, shoulder width).
  • Shiko dachi: Straddle leg, "Sumo" stance.
  • Moto dachi: Front knee partially bent, forward stance

(shorter than Zenkutsu dachi).

  • Zenkutsu dachi: Front knee bent, long forward stance.
  • Nekoashi dachi: "Cat foot" stance.
  • Sanchin dachi: Inward tension stance. ("Hour glass" stance.)
  • Kōkutsu dachi: "Looking back" stance. ("Back stance".)
  • Renoji dachi: Stance resembling the letter "L".
  • 'Tee'-ji dachi: Stance resembling the letter "T" upside down.
  • Kosa dachi: "Hooked leg" stance.
  • Sagiashi dachi: "Heron foot" stance (one-legged).
  • Ukiashi dachi: Stance resembling Nekoashi dachi, but more upright in a loose floating leg stance.

Uke-waza (blocking techniques)[edit]

  • Gedan barai uke (Hari uke): Low-level, downward block / sweeping block.
  • Yoko uke (Soto uke): Block from inside (centre of body), towards outside.
  • Yoko uchi (Uchi uke): Block from outside, towards inside (centre of body).
  • Age uke: Rising, upper-level block.
  • Yoko Barai uke: Side, sweeping block.
  • Uchi Otoshi uke: Circular, inside drop (downward pushing) block.
  • Tsuki uke: Simultaneous punching (forearm) block.
  • Te Kubi Sasae uke: Augmented (supported) wrist block.
  • Sukui uke: Scoop block.
  • Shuto uke: "Knife-hand" block.
  • Kosa uke: "X" block (wrists crossed).
  • Hijisasae uke: Augmented (inside-middle) elbow block.
  • Osae uke: Pressing down block.
  • Kakewake uke: Reverse-wedge block.
  • Nagashi uke: Cross-body open-hand flowing/sweeping block.
  • Shiuko uke (Haishu Uke): Open-hand, back-hand block.
  • Shotei uke (Teisho): Palm-heel block.

Uchi-waza (striking techniques)[edit]

  • Seiken tsuki: Fore fist, straight punch (for basic practice).
  • Oi tsuki: Lunge punch.
  • Gyaku tsuki: Reverse hand punch.
  • Furi tsuki: Circular/swinging (roundhouse) punch.
  • Age tsuki: Rising punch.
  • Kagi tsuki: Hook punch.
  • Mae Te tsuki: Lead-hand (forward hand) jab-punch.
  • Ura tsuki: Inverted (palm up), close punch.
  • Morote tsuki: U-shape punch.
  • Tate tsuki: Vertical fist punch.
  • Nihon tsuki: Double punch.
  • Shuto uchi: "Knife" (chopping) hand strike.
  • Ura uchi: Back fist punch.
  • Kentsui uchi: Bottom fist strike.
  • Shotei (Teisho) uchi: Palm-heel strike.
  • Haito uchi: Ridge-hand strike.
  • Haishu uchi: Open back-hand strike.
  • Hiji ate uchi: Elbow strike.
  • Koken uchi: Bent wrist-hand strike.

Keri-waza (kicking techniques)[edit]

  • Mae geri: Front (forward & return) kick.
  • Oi geri: Stepping (lunging forward) kick.
  • Yoko sokuto geri: Side (edge of foot) kick.
  • Mawashi geri: Roundhouse kick (to front).
  • Gyaku (Uchi) Mawashi geri: Reverse direction (inside) roundhouse kick.[25]
  • Ura Mawashi geri: Back leg, hook kick to front (heel/ball of foot).
  • Ushiro geri: Straight-back (backward) kick.
  • Ushiro Mawashi geri: Spinning, back-roundhouse kick to front.
  • Mae-ashi geri: Forward leg, front kick.
  • Fumikomi geri: Stamping/thrusting kick.
  • Hiza geri: Knee cap kick.
  • Ushiro-ura-mawashi geri: Spinning-back, roundhouse kick.[25]
  • Gyaku (Uchi) geri: Reverse (inside) roundhouse kick.[25]
  • Mae-tobi geri: Front (jumping/flying) kick.
  • Yoko-tobi geri: Side (jumping/flying) kick.

See also[edit]


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  17. ^ Minobu Miki
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  24. ^ "Shitō-ryū Stances". Karate-do Shito-kai Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
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