Nijushiho Kanji

New Version of Kata Performed by Sensei T. Asai JKA

Like Sochin, this Kata appears to have been created by Ankichi Aragaki, and was formally known asNiseishi.

Nakayama sensei tells of being taken by Master Funakoshi in 1934 to learn this Kata and Gojoshihoshofrom Kenwa Mabuni, the founder of Shito-ryu Karate, and that their forms were gradually altered to conform with the techniques being practised in Shotokan.

Meaning literally 'Twenty-four steps', in its varied application of tension and relaxation, and immediate transition from slow application of Kime to rapid execution of consecutive techniques, it shares some of the characters of Sochin.

The Kata affords practice in various grasping and countering techniques, and employs much use of elbow and open-hand blocks and counters, and demonstrates the use of distraction to gain advantage.

Some early forms make no use of the current grasp and side-kick combination, but use the upraised leg as a deflection or block, bringing the attacker into close range for the counter-punch. The modern version relies on the greater degree of athleticism now required of the Karate-ka. Both forms can be usefully practical, however you should avoid the temptation to use the modern version as an opportunity to demonstrate flexibility, and take care to strike directly at a realistic target.

Nijushiho  -  Twenty Four Steps

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