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Heian Yondan: The Kata with 5 kicks (Afterpart)


Heian Yondan - Hiza Geri, knee stroke

Heian Yondan: The Kata with 5 kicks (Afterpart)

We started the study ofHeian Yondan in a previous video.

You had time to really understand the first part, I think. It's time now to move on and finish learningHeian Yondan who should you be asked for the passage of your blue belt (or green following the clubs)

Throughout the first part, there were often changes of direction where one had to pivot the hips strongly to send the technique towards the opponent. In this second part ofHeian Yondan, work is done much more online with a job against the opponent.

Heian Yondan: Decomposition of Kata (Continued)

As I already told you, you will have to start memorizing more and more the names of techniques because you will need them when passing your black belt (in 2 or 3 years)

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

We were stopped at 17 time on Uraken Otoshi right in Kosa Dachi with the Kiai, we will resume at time 18 (logical!)

17. Click here to access the first 17 Kata

18. Pivot on the right foot by moving the left foot to the left to position yourself in Kokutsu Dachi at 60 ° with respect to the central axis. At the same time, you cross your arms in front of you (left arm in front of right) with palms facing your face. Then when you stabilize your position, you make Chudan Kakiwake Uke left down and spreading fists with palms facing forward. The movement is slowly breathing about 3 seconds. You exhale while spreading your fists. You must feel power on the side of your forearms. Do not stretch your elbows too much and keep your strength under the armpits and lower your shoulders.
Some at the pivot goes into Neko Ashi Dachi before moving on Kokutsuyou can also do this, it's a variation.

19. Chudan Mae Geri right by keeping your arms in the same position. Warning, on the video, I'm doing the Mae Geri Jodanit's a big mistake, it's good at Chudan level, sorry.

20. ZenKutsu Dachi right + Chudan Oizuki law. This time is directly related to Mae Geribecause you are doing Oizuki the moment you put your foot forward. Be careful, the arms should not move, that is to say that the Tsuki right starts directly from the position of the Kakiwake Uke without going back before to arm.

21. You chained directly on Chudan Gyaku Zuki left. Do not forget to engage your left hip. (1s)

22. You turn right at 120 ° to make Chudan Kakiwake law. This is the exact replica of 18 time

23. Chudan Mae Geri left. ditto 19 time

20. ZenKutsu Dachi left + Chudan Oizuki left. ditto 20 time

21. Chudan Gyaku Zuki law. ditto 21 time. (1s)

22. You pivot on the back foot and make Morote Uchi Uke left in Kokutsu Dachi left. Be careful to use both arms in the same direction (forward: Return to the video of Morote Uchi Uke it will help you understand.)

23. Advancing Ayumi Ashi : Kokustu Dashi right + Morote Uchi Uke law. Be careful, to arm, the arms do not go backwards, but it is the body that moves forward and the arms are on the side. Do not turn too far backwards as sometimes seen to arm. You must keep in mind that you are going forward.

24. Kokustu Dashi left + Morote Uchi Uke left always advancing Ayumi Ashi. ditto 23 time.

25. On the spot, you go from Kokutsu Dachi à Zenkutsu Dachi slightly shifting the left foot to the left. This gap is not an obligation. Many experts do not shift it and go into Hiza Kutsu with feet almost aligned. You extend your arms in front of you as if to grasp the face of your opponent. This time is slow enough in inspiration.

26. Hiza Geri right by pulling the fists down and back. The arms spread slightly to finish on each side of the body (as in the photo at the beginning of the article). You have to give Hiza Geri with the hips (net retroversion of the pelvis) and raise the knee very high. The position remains very stable with the left heel plated on the ground. Push the KIAI (1s)

27. On the spot, while keeping the right knee in the air, you will turn on the left foot to 180 ° to the left while arming your arms in preparation for Shuto Uke.
Then you go down on your right leg to position yourself in Kokutsu Dachi left + Shuto Uke left. It is important to rotate well before descending. Do not fall on your right leg. It is not a loss of balance, it is you who decide the position.

28. You advance Ayumi Ashi, Always Kokutsu Dachi right + Shuto Uke right

29. Return Hachiji Dachi by bringing back the right leg (3s)

30. Return Musubi Dachi (Bring each foot in half one after the other, half right, then half left.)

31. Rei (Hi) (3s)

Here we are arrived at the end of the kata Heian Yondan 😉

As I told you, Heian Yondan is a very complete kata with many kicks and a lot of rotational work. You will need all the qualities acquired in the previous kata to feel well Heian Yondanbut over the rehearsals you will enjoy.

I'll let you go to the locker room and after your warm-up session, I find you for learning the second part ofHeian Yondan on video.

>>> Download the video

Erratum : Contrary to what I say in the video, the Mae Geri after the Kakiwake Uke are at the level chudan et non Jodan. sorry for the mistake

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  1. Bruno!
    Decidedly, I hope that I will not pass for an annoyance but when you perform your kata (not when you explain it in detail); when you go from kokutsu to zenkutsu after the morotés, your front foot has a backward movement.
    It is a detail that I have of myself to correct because on the contrary, we will "do the front". I hope not to pass for a pinailleur; but just bring a critical outside look.

    • Hello pinailleur

      I'm kidding Bigfred because you've done everything right.
      In fact, the fault that I make by pushing back my front foot does not really come from my front foot, but from the back foot. The retreat of the front is only a consequence of the mistake I made with the back foot.

      Let me explain: Actually I'm doing "Nige"!

      Indeed, instead of pivoting on the back heel, I do the pivot on the tip of the foot and suddenly my heel goes backwards and by the same, my position is shifted backwards and therefore my foot before going back. CQFD!

      I do not know if I make myself understood because the phenomenon of "Nigé" is very little visible on the video.

      I explain it in more detail in the video: Rotate on the heels, to avoid "Nige"

      Thank you in any case for having identified this fault, I had not seen it.

  2. Baker!
    4 heians after 4 months of karate .... there is a difference between knowing the choreography of a kata and knowing how to perform it.
    Between your positions, the correctness of your movements, the movements, your breathing, and I'm going through, there are many things to work on.
    So, it is good to want to progress quickly; but be careful not to burn the steps

    • lol, I do not do choreography, I apply all the technical advice of video and my book "26 kata shotokan". I know all the technical detail and besides when I do kata, my teacher tells me nothing.
      only thing that blames me for not doing the kiai (I never use it)

    • Hello Boulanger,

      Do not be upset, Bigfred just warned you not to burn the steps and he was right.

      Because in each kata there is a multitude of things to acquire over the experience ... Things that are not learned in books but in practice.

      Bigfred talked about choreography because it's the first thing you learn from a kata. You talk about technical details yourself, but that's exactly the choreography. Kata is something else, it's a fight. And it is only over the rehearsals of the kata, errors, improvement ... that we begin to live his kata as a fight. And at this point, the kiai you will not even have to think about it so that it will come out because it will be part of your fight, it will come out of your belly.

      Learn to stay humble and never believe that you know everything about a kata. You know your kata by heart, with all the details, and everything, and everything, and I congratulate you, but it is with the heart that you must manage to make your kata and not with your head.

      In general, I do not speak like that to someone who has only 4 months of karate, not to confuse, but as you seem very eager to learn, so I take advantage


    • to be vexed? that's not the question. bruno, you say that kata must be repeated thousands of times before mastering them. repeating is one thing, but if we just make thousands of gestures, it's not enough.
      it's about being efficient in what you do, practicing with a method of not going around in circles. the number of times the technique is executed does not matter to me, what matters is the total concentration on each mvt. Moreover, when I do kata, I'm so focused that I can redo them in my head as if I was doing them for real.
      and you were right on one point, I miss the imagination of the opponent in front of you but this problem will quickly settle.
      Thanks to my year of yoga practice, I have gained the ability to take a step back from things, I become an observer of myself and able to understand even the most subtle things.
      moreover I do not know if you have noticed but has a certain stage of practice, karate joins yoga. the greatest master has the wisdom of a Buddhist monk and the mastery of the body that goes with it.

    • Hello Boulanger,

      Not exactly by repeating the kata, we do not make thousands of times the same gesture, we learn every time its mistakes, we perfect, and we never succeed in achieving a kata to perfection and certainly not in 1 month.

      No doubt that you apply yourself a lot and that you progress quickly but contrary to what you say, "knowing a kata" is not doing it with total concentration on each movement but precisely, it is doing it by visualizing the opponent; the techniques, they must come out alone, as if your body knew them by heart (and not your brain!)

      I do not pretend that you are doing good or bad kata, I would not allow myself, it's just that you must be aware that the path to knowledge of a kata is much longer than knowing how to do each gesture to perfection.

      Indeed, Yoga should help you and I am persuaded that you will progress very quickly.
      Just be careful not to go too fast.


  3. your videos are long but very well explain, I am only white belt and I practice since 4 month but I already know how to do, thanks to you, the 4 first kata heian, until heian yodan.
    given the progression that is very slow in club, without your video, I would still be kata heian nidan.

    • Hello Boulanger,

      Fred is right. It's good to want to learn a lot of Kata because it shows your ambition, your thirst for learning and your desire to progress. I encourage you to continue but do not forget that to really "know" a kata is hundreds or thousands of repetitions.

      So you know the pattern of the first Heian 4 but do not abandon them. You have to do them and redo them very often to impregnate them, so that it is part of you and that you can actually make them like a fight, without thinking, without asking yourself questions ...

      Good continuation.

  4. hi bruno. C jalal of RABAT, 35 years orange belt.
    I wrote you a message to which you have not yet answered.
    not serious. I just wanted to congratulate you for your KATAS that you achieve perfectly. I would like to be like you one day :)

  5. Hello and congratulations,

    I am amazed ... not only the technique is very detailed, but in addition we really believe in a karate class ... .modestie of the teacher who corrects himself (1 part of the kata), dotted humor ... superb teaching work.

    From the human simply.

    • What do you mean !

      it's like being in a karate class

      A bit that it's a karate class and I'm human (would miss more than it bites!)
      I'm joking of course

      I thank you for what you wrote because that's how I try to make videos, as I do my classes with really the feeling of having students in front of me.
      I'm not trying to make the perfect video with demonstrations, but my goal is to convey and make you want to practice karate.

  6. Details and explanations clear.
    Essential support to not forget what we see in class. Very complementary to the weekly training.

  7. Thank you very much, it's really great to have explanations as clear and well presented. This is for me a real support to the presentation that I am introduced to the club.

  8. Hello Bruno,

    I thank you for this very informative new video. This allows me to discover the Shotokan Katas. I practice Wado-ryu and this video shows how different are the Katas of the two styles. But despite the differences I would enjoy studying them. Because it will allow me to draw the best between the two styles. For me, it's a little cross training.


    • Hello Fabrice,

      It's true that the Katas that I do is Shotokan because that's the style I practice. Maybe one day I will be able to publish other style classes on this blog.
      In the meantime I am happy that you can do the "Cross Training" and so vary the pleasure with my videos.


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