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Heian Godan: The concentrate of self-defense

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We have come to the end of 5 Katas Heian that we bequeathed Master Itosu.

Heian Godan, is in my opinion the hardest of all, which seems normal given the pedagogical logic that accompanies each Heian.

In this last Kata from the Heian series, it looks like Master Itosu wanted to incorporate most of the basic principles of karate in the same kata and that is perhaps what makes it so difficult:

We have many different positions at first: Heisoku Dachi, Kosa Dachi, Renoji Dachi, and of course our three basic positions, Zenkutsu Dachi, Kokustu Dachi et Kiba Dachi.

There are also defense techniques at all levels with seizures, keys, and even a dodge jumped on a leg attack ...

But what characterizes most this kata is the little frank and direct attack. There are only two Gyaku Tsuki at the beginning of Kata and still they are quite special since they are executed in Kokutsu Dachi and both Tsuki before the first Kiai.

Heian Godan is like I already said the most difficult Kata of the series. Indeed, it requires a good knowledge of the various positions and a very good stability.

The pace is very peculiar with accelerations and fast sequences interspersed with slow time executed in breathing.

Heian Godan, the concentrate of Self-Defense:

The whole of Kata due to the lack of direct attack and the large number of defensive techniques makes us think of a concentrate of Self defense. As if this kata had been done voluntarily in a logic of self-defense and no longer learning technique and basic position.

With Heian Godan, it's no longer time to learn how to kick, punch and block techniques by doing a series of three techniques as in the previous Heian.
As if Master Itosu wanted to tell us:

It's time to use karate for what it's done, ie to defend itself.

Heian Godan, decomposition of Kata:

You should start remembering the names of the different techniques and familiarize yourself with them because you will soon need them for the passage of your black belt.

(I put aside the break time you have to do sometimes.)

    1. Musubi Dachi, Rei (hello), announces kata. (all without haste) (3s)
    2. Hachiji Dachi Yoi (3s)
    3. Kokutsu Dachi left, Chudan Uchi Uke left
    4. On site, Gyaku Zuki law. Attention, to launch Gyaku Zuki, there is only a vibration of the hips, they must not move as for a Gyaku Zuki in Zenkutsu Dachi. The energy of the Hara comes to rest on a solid and stable position to spread in the arm via the trunk and the shoulders.
    5. Pivot on the left heel, bring the right foot to the left foot and come to position yourself in Heisoku Dachi, Kagi Kamae, while swiveling to the right. The body is face to face and the look goes to the right. The hook position (Kagi) of the left arm is also called Mizu Nagare Kamae, that is to say " the position of flowing water Your arm should be positioned so that a drop of water resting on your shoulder would flow down to your wrist without falling down. I'll talk about it again on the video, you'll understand better. (1s)
    6. Kokutsu Dachi right, Chudan Uchi Uke law - same time 3
    7. On site, Gyaku Zuki left. same time 4
    8. Pivot on the right heel, bring the left foot to the right foot and come to position yourself in Heisoku Dachi, Kagi Kamae, while swiveling to the left. The body is face to face and the look is in front of you. same time 4. (1s)
    9. Move your right leg down to Kokutsu Dachi right, Chudan Morote Uchi Uke right
    10. Advancing one step (Ayumi Ashi), ZenKutsu Dachi left, Gedan Juji Uke. The right hand is over the left hand.
    11. On site, Jodan Juji UkeWith your hands open, your left hand is forward. Warning to move from Gedan Juji Uke to Jodan Juji Uke, some make the mistake of adding time by folding arms to the body. In fact the arms are good to the body, but it is not a proper time, it is just an intermediate passage, but without downtime. You block Gedan Juji Uke, then you release your arms by pulling them towards you, and immediately after, you redirect them up to block open hands in Jodan Juji Uke.
    12. On site Chudan Osae Uke left. From the position, Jodan Juji Uke's hands open, you rotate your hands by bending your wrists outward. You find your palms face to face, forming a V, the inside of your wrists against each other. Keeping the contact at the wrist, then at the base of the palms, you continue this rotation to bring the left hand on the right hand. The left hand is supported by Osae Uke on the right hand which is facing forward. As soon as the hands arrive below the right breastplate, we move on to the 13 time.
    13. On site, Chudan Zuki left. Be careful, this is a Tsuki and not a Tettsui. We strike with the Kentos. So you have to bring your hand a little to the left before letting it go forward for the Tsuki. The striking distance is very short and this Tsuki will ask you a good impulse of the belly (Hara) so that the fist can quickly take the speed.
    14. ZenKutsu Dachi right, Chudan Oi Zuki right by chaining very quickly after time 13 - KIAI (2s)
    15. You pull your front leg towards you and rotate to 180 ° from the left on the back foot to go into Kiba Dachi and do Gedan Bars law. The knee gets up high during the rotation and you do fumikomi just when taking the position.
    16. Your gaze goes to the left, your right arm stretches to the left and the left comes to the level of the right size (it is the phase of preparation of the blockage) then you do slowly (in 2 s) Chudan Haishu Uke left.
    17. Without moving your left hand you do Chudan Mikazuki Geri right in your outstretched hand.
    18. Then you pivot the hips sharply to 90 ° to the left to hit Chudan Empi Uchi right in your left hand. Be careful, it's not the shoulders that hit. The force must literally get you out of the belly. Your shoulders stay well locked down with a strong contraction under your armpits.
    19. You rock all your weight on the right leg is made Chudan Morote Uchi Uke right in Kosa Dachi. Here too, you will need to use the power of your belly to put strength in your technique.
    20. Without moving your right foot, you go Renoji Dachi and do Morote Ushiro Age Zuki. Your eyes completely turned to 90 ° on the left
    21. Spend all your weight on the left foot and propel yourself while swinging to the left to jump as high as possible by bringing back the heels to the buttocks and the points to the heights in Ikité. You must be as grouped as possible when you are in the air.
    22. You land in Kosa Dachi on the right leg strongly bent and do Gedan Juji Uke (right arm on left arm). Be careful, the bust stays upright, you do not have to lean forward - KIAI (No pause, we go directly on the 23 time.The KIAI is often confused between the time 22 and 23.It is a bit straddling both)
    23. ZenKutsu Dachi law, Morote Uchi Uke right (1 to 2 s (it's the break we did not do after the Kiai))
    24. You turn the body to the left and back by swiveling on the right foot. The left foot shifts in rotation. You extend your left arm and in rotation to 180 ° you do Shuto Gedan Barai left and raise the right arm, open hand in preparation at the forehead, elbow to the back. This time is an intermediate passage directly related to the next time.
    25. You continue your rotation by swiveling your hips to hit Gedan Gyaku Shuto Uchi right in ZenKutsu Dachi left. At the same time, the left hand protects the face by Jodan Nagashi Uke.
    26. Kokutsu Dachi + Gedan Bars left + Jodan Uchi Uke law. The times 25 and 26 follow each other very quickly and require a good control of your center of gravity. I advise you to review the video Kihon; hip rotation where I detail and make you work on this passage from Zenkutsu to Kokutsu Dachi. (1s)
    27. Without moving your arms, slowly bring your left leg towards you to position yourself Heisoku Dachi
    28. Rotate on the spot to the left by opening the arms in the open hands in preparation for the 29 time.
    29. You then turn your hips in the other direction to hit Gedan Gyaku Shuto Uchi left in ZenKutsu Dachi law. At the same time, the right hand protects the face by Jodan Nagashi Uke. same time 25
    30. Kokutsu Dachi + Gedan Bars right + Jodan Uchi Uke left. The 29 and 30 times follow each other very quickly. Same time 26 (1s)
    31. Go back Hachiji Dachi bringing back the left leg (3s)
    32. Back Musubi Dachi (Bring each foot in half one after the other, half right, then half left.)
    33. Rei (Hi) (3s)

Here you have all the cards now to succeed Heian Godan.

As you can see, it is not easy. It seems to have been inspired by Jion and Bassai, yet personally I find it almost harder to achieve.

Now you will spend your Kimono and warm up with my 3 ABC method and I'll find you right now on the video.



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Here, I hope that this video will serve you often to see and see again Heian Godan.

In the meantime, Leave me a comment below and share this article with your friends. Thank you.

See you soon,
Bruno

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  3. Thank you very much for these lessons I really benefited from your training as I was directly in a dirty karate.
    I ask you if you can show me how to achieve a better spread of the legs, because I have trouble to succeed.
    Thank you

  4. Hello Bruno,
    thank you for this video that allows me to review for my passage of blue rank (4ieme kyu) tomorrow.
    I practice the Shotokan of the JKA and I have some differences in the kata:
    The 2ieme Kiai, he must be in the jump and not when it falls, the cry is really dropped at the highest point.
    Also, in the 15 point, you raise your knee high to make Fumikomi, but I, on the contrary, have to keep my right foot close to the ground, then at the last moment, turn my hips by pressing Kiba dachi with Gedan barai.
    Thank you for the teaching you give, I have been since 1 year and a half that I started karate.
    Sincerely
    Isabelle

    • Good evening Isabelle,
      I am struck by the comparative description of these 2 forms of Godan; with a lot of precision (the cry is really loose at the highest point) and with a lot of technicality (keep the right foot close to the ground, then at the last moment, turn the hips by pressing Kiba dachi with Gedan barai); everything seems to be in the least detail; I like that too.
      But what impresses me too is your progress. Generally, being serious and regular training, 2 times a week plus 2 or 3 courses per year, one exam per year, we arrive at the blue belt in 4 years (I put 5 years because not always regular) and 4 years is a very good pace. Now you will get the blue belt in 2 years only. How are you doing ? More than 2 workouts per week, internships, daily work at home? ...
      Respect!

    • Hello Bernard,
      thank you but nothing exceptional, I have 6 excellent instructors at Dojo, and Bruno and my 7ieme instructor online

  5. Superb video of this 5 ° kata, which I also find difficult to execute. It's nice to have him available to work at home.
    Despite having done it hundreds of times I always dread to present it.

  6. Apparently, not everyone is doing the same thing for 13.
    I learned to perform a tetsui, which seems to me more natural to have a circular motion.
    Or is the truth, are both possible ???

  7. br bruno you know what impress me on each movement an explanation to say the movements are called by their name for example in the application of the 2eme kata heiyanes I heard in your explanation a term that I had never heard Since I was a practitioner (morete ayouwanouke) it is at this moment that I was totally in tune with you for all that you do for us. in the end I followed that we are taught karate in an automatic way it is for the respect of our teacher that I use the word automatic if not if it is necessary to say the right word I would say in an arcane way. thank you and longt life to you god gives me the chance to meet us in the year 2013.

  8. Thanks for the video,

    I know a little and this kata, I have a lot of trouble to properly execute shuto guedan in the final phase of the kata ..

    A lot of work to do to get there ...............
    but I loop the video, I think I understand ..

  9. Thank you for this kata superbly explained ... I was just looking for a learning video godan well cut .... Bravo ... Show us in others ... Thank you

  10. Good evening Bruno,

    I'm a little puzzled about the second kiaï ...
    In all the videos, books and even courses where I was able to see it performed, the kai is always brief, and always at the moment of falling back into kosa dachi with juji uke!
    In addition it corresponds well to the spirit of kiaï which is to be released with the maximum kime ... no?

    Sincerely Christian ... (thanks for your investment)

  11. I think that in terms of being freeze it depends on how one apprehends the kata, I think that it is also necessary to work the coter go and ura of the kata

    Posted by fabienFabrice, I'm just taking what bruno says, namely that this kata is a concentrate of self.
    I am not a specialist in kata, but in self-defense; and I just thought that, for example, for me, Karate's postures seem too fixed to allow a fast, fluid and therefore effective defense, that's all.

    • Bonjour David,
      I am very happy that the spirit of karate you like.
      If I could get you into a karate dojo, I'd love it.
      This is also the purpose of this blog: ... to make Karate love.
      A+
      Bruno

  12. That said, I realize that in my explanations, (pinais I do not like writing in fact) that it misses an important thing.
    the final position of the blocking does not necessarily mean that it is an error but the trajectory of haishu.
    If you arm it down, to understand it, arm it at the level of the hip and you make a movement "circular" finally of the fold the elbow then the forearm and finally rotation of the wrist.
    and well on a plexus stuki for example your arm will cross this stuki so clear it and you will finish your haishu at the shoulder but the trajectory of your blockage allowed to meet the attack, it is when seen the trajectory of the blocking and the attack that there is little chance that the 2 that cross there is worries, there is no angle of conversion or protection as I call it.
    a+

  13. That said, I realize that in my explanations, (pinais I do not like writing in fact) that it misses an important thing.
    the final position of the blocking does not necessarily mean that it is an error but the trajectory of haishu.
    If you arm it down, to understand it, arm it at the level of the hip and you make a movement "circular" finally of the fold the elbow then the forearm and finally rotation of the wrist.
    and well on a plexus stuki for example your arm will cross this stuki so clear it and you will finish your haishu at the shoulder but the trajectory of your blockage allowed to meet the attack, it is when seen the trajectory of the blocking and the attack that there is little chance that the 2 that cross there is worries, there is no angle of conversion or protection as I call it.
    a+

  14. Johnny, I think I understood the problem. It comes from the fundamental difference between Haishu and Tate Shuto. Haishu is circular whereas Tate shuto is rather linear with a final rotation of the wrist.
    It's lovely?

    • Hello bruno,
      You should make a video for Haishu and another for Tate Shuto it would be easier. In addition they are two interesting techniques. We will see the difference between the two techniques.

  15. This is typically an error that is made in a vacuum but that is not done when applied.
    In general one is not attacked at the level of the shoulder and saw the trajectory of haishu uké, circular all that well you can not block a chudan for example it will pass underneath.
    On the other hand the state as you come back side of the shoulder, so you're up to your shoulder and my faith the other he attacks in hut or down we do not care.
    But once in two, in a vacuum we are supposed to work with our mirror so block circular shoulder level will return to defend against a shoulder attack out with a partner you can very well perform haishu at the level of the shoulder but if the attacker is bigger than you or smaller there will be an angle to block, the attack and blocking will cross.
    I do not know if I'm clear.
    a+

  16. This is typically an error that is made in a vacuum but that is not done when applied.
    In general one is not attacked at the level of the shoulder and saw the trajectory of haishu uké, circular all that well you can not block a chudan for example it will pass underneath.
    On the other hand the state as you come back side of the shoulder, so you're up to your shoulder and my faith the other he attacks in hut or down we do not care.
    But once in two, in a vacuum we are supposed to work with our mirror so block circular shoulder level will return to defend against a shoulder attack out with a partner you can very well perform haishu at the level of the shoulder but if the attacker is bigger than you or smaller there will be an angle to block, the attack and blocking will cross.
    I do not know if I'm clear.
    a+

  17. Ok Johnny, but Tate Shuto, it's the vertical hand with shuto striking gold there I hit well with Haishu. Why can not we do Haishu at the shoulder. When I do it in bunkai, it works well. Why is this a mistake?

  18. I say that when we block at the shoulder is in a state, we get into what, not that there is in godan, haishu should not be at the shoulder and I know that I did and continue to make this mistake, but everyone does it.
    a+

  19. I say that when we block at the shoulder is in a state, we get into what, not that there is in godan, haishu should not be at the shoulder and I know that I did and continue to make this mistake, but everyone does it.
    a+

  20. in the hollow is shuto state, I thought I showed you that during my internship. Haishu is a chudan block in the kata, so we go down below the shoulder, it says in bunkai we can very well work on a jodan attack, but in the middle no.
    a+

  21. in the hollow is shuto state, I thought I showed you that during my internship. Haishu is a chudan block in the kata, so we go down below the shoulder, it says in bunkai we can very well work on a jodan attack, but in the middle no.
    a+

    • Johnny,

      I do not remember that we talked about this during the internship in Langres, but it's true that it dates ...
      I do not really understand what you're saying here. There is no Tate Shuto in this Kata. In addition I just went to see on your site, I do not see any difference between your Haishu Uke and mine. You also do it at the shoulder level.

      A+
      Bruno

    • Hello Fabien,
      Why do you say that? I do not understand well. Especially since the twentieth kyokun is:
      Tsune ni shinen kufu seyo. - "ALWAYS SEEK TO INVENT".
      What looks like an open mind.
      A+
      Bruno

  22. Slt Bruno,

    thank you for your explanation that gives me more details
    on positions zen kutsu dashi kokutsu dashi
    sportily
    David

  23. That's what I told you, it's the fashion right now to find bunkaï on oldw kata and to say that it's pure self-defense.

    I find karate positions too fixed to allow fluid movements and fast, and especially to adapt to the attacks of the opponent.

    The idea that "hiding" in these movements the positions, the attacks and the angles of attacks of the vital points seems to me more realistic.

    Osù!

    • Fabien are you sure that the master Itosu when he made the 5 Kata Heian intended to turn it into a self defense tool? You talk about old Kata Bunkai, but do the Heian really have Bunkai? Have you taken the trouble to verify in history and tradition the genesis of these 5 Heian and their purpose?

    • Fabrice, I'm just taking what bruno says, namely that this kata is a concentrate of self.
      I am not a specialist in kata, but in self-defense; and I just thought that, for example, for me, the postures of karate seem to me too fixed to allow a fast, fluid and therefore effective defense, that's all

    • Fabien do you know that Heian Godan has undergone some changes in the course of time? I will show you the oldest form of Heian Godan as it should have been designed by the master Itosu. You will see that precisely the positions were very different. The jump would not even appear there is a later addition. Here is the link for the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-6xKEkQL_8
      I let you compare. Me personally I find the original form much more fluid.

  24. young audiences
    go quickly before going to work:
    Beware of the kagi stuki of the bedut, you make mawaschi stuki, the fist must turn from the moment the elbow leaves the body, it is like stuki, elbow to the body and at the end the fist leaves aside.

    The haishu uké must have a final rotation, not to develop it already flat but to be on the cutting edge to finally turn the May and thus to add the final rotation like all the uké. Do not block at the level of the shoulder either, it is a "no" zone, a "no" level neither chudan nor jodan.

    The morose uk kosa, the kosa must be in the same direction at home, it is niger, but I know that most of the time it is like you, at home it is an aberration.

    Good continuation
    a+

    • Hello Johnny,
      Thank you for your explanations.
      On Haishu Uke I am surprised that the level of the shoulder is not good for you. In the bunkai we often see the blockage in the hollow of the shoulder
      A+
      Bruno

  25. Hello Bruno
    beautiful kata well explained but you see I'm not there yet
    because I just had the yellow belt. I am especially interested and
    begins to train on the Heian Nidan.
    Thank you for your explanations and videos.
    cordially
    Gilbert

  26. azebouch madriss at

    always beautifully explained, for everyone, a big thank you, madriss is not there yet because he just got his yellow belt 7 years but he is seeking to evolve so he enjoyed watching the video and has immediately chained some movement in the living room! Happy holidays to all and thank you again bruno!
    sylvie, mother of madriss ...

  27. thank you for godan precisely I wanted to work
    the 4 eme and the 5 eme story to know them a little for
    September is very cool

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