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The idea of joining our club to start-out in JKA Shotokan Karate may seem a bit daunting to most aspiring martial artists...

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Stevenage Karate Club is proud to be affiliated to the Japan Karate Association.

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Sensei Ohta

Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta, 7th Dan JKA

Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta
7th Dan JKA
Chief Instructor JKA England


Kata information

Kata information
Kata name 1st Kiai 2nd Kiai Count English Meaning
Heian Shodan 9 17 21 Peaceful Mind 1
Heian Nidan 11 26 26 Peaceful Mind 2
Heian Sandan 10 20 20 Peaceful Mind 3
Heian Yondan 13 25 27 Peaceful Mind 4
Heian Godan 12 19 23 Peaceful Mind 5
Tekki Shodan 15 29 29 Horse riding 1st level
Tekki Nidan 16 24 24 Horse riding 2nd level
Tekki Sandan 16 36 36 Horse riding 3rd level
Bassai-Dai 19 42 42 To Penetrate a fortress (major)
Kanku-Dai 15 65 65 "Viewing the sky" (major)
Jitte 13 24 24 Ten Hands
Hangetsu 11 40 41 Half Moon
Enpi 15 36 37 Flying swallow
Gankaku 28 42 42 Crane on a rock
Jion 17 47 47 Temple
Bassai-Sho 17 22 27 To Penetrate a fortress (minor)
Kanku-Sho 6 48 48 "Viewing the sky" (minor)
Chinte 28 32 32 Chinese Hands
Unsu 36 48 48 Hands like the clouds
Sochin 30 41 41 To preserve the peace
Nijushiho 18 33 34 24 Steps
Gojushiho-Dai 59 66 67 54 Steps (major)
Gojushiho-Sho 57 64 65 54 Steps (minor)
Meikyo 32 N/A 33 Mirror of the Soul
Jiin * 11 35 35 Named after Chinese temple "Jion Ji'
Wankan 24 N/A 24 King's crown


* PLEASE NOTE: Jiin is now not a JKA Kata.