Wado-Ryu Karate Kata – Pinan Godan
Written step-by-step instructions for Pinan Godan are provided below. However, if you have any questions about a particular kata movement, please check with your instructor because kata instructions can vary by school and organization.
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- From masuba dachi, rei, then open to hachiji dachi.
- Drop your weight as you turn the hips 90 degrees to your left, setting into a left shomen neko ashi dachi while doing a left soto uke (the right hand is pulled back in hikite).
- Pull your left hand into the hikite position as you throw a right gyakazuki.
- Step your right foot to your left foot into a heisoku dachi, as you pivot 90 degrees to your right, feet together at both the toes and heels. As you are turning pull your hands across your body into a right tae uke position.
- Drop your weight as you turn the hips 90 degrees to your right, setting into a right shomen neko ashi dachi while doing a right sot uke (the left hand is pulled back in hikite).
- Pull your right hand into the hikite position as you throw a left gyakazuki.
- Step your left foot to your right foot into a heisoku dachi, as you pivot 90 degrees to your left, feet together at both the toes and heels. As you are turning pull your hands across your body into a left tae uke position.
- Step forward with your right foot, into a right mahamni neko ashi dachi, and throw a right soto uke to the front, and a left uriken uke across your body (left arm pointed to the front and parallel to the floor.
- As you step your left foot forward into a left junzuki dachi, draw both hands to your belt (in low hikites), and throw a gedan juji uke.
- Bend both arms at the elbow as you open both hands (thumbs cocked), and turn them palm toward your body, and throw a jodan juji uke.
- Drop your left hand down across the front of your body, palm down. While the left hand is dropping, the right arm is pivoting at the point where the arms cross, and then rotating around the left wrist, allowing the right elbow to loop around the fingertips of the left hand, finishing across the body, palm up. The arms should be parallel to the floor, crossing at the wrists, and relaxed at belt level.
- Pull the right hand into the hikite position as you throw a left gedan uke.
- Step your right foot forward into a right junzuki dachi and throw a right junzuki.
- Pull your right hand back, palm to your right ear (commonly known as a “telephone block”), as you step your right foot to your left 180 degrees, into a shiko dachi, as you throw a right gedan uke straight to your right side.
- Draw your left foot back to a hachiji dachi width and throw a left gedan uke straight to your left side.
- Step your right foot to your left, into a right junzuki dachi, as you turn your body 90 degrees to your left. As you settle into the junzuki dachi throw a right empi, parallel to the floor and across your lower chest, into the palm of your left hand (thumb cocked). The right hand should end palm facing your body, with the left arm in line with the right, and the left fingertips even with the tip of your right elbow.
- Draw your left foot to your right foot. The left foot remains back half a foots’ length, with the toes at the instep of the right foot, and the heel raised slightly, the front right is flat. Both feet are straight, and the knees are pressed together and bent with the left knee just slightly more forward than the right. The weight is carried evenly by both feet, and the body is straight forward. As you step forward throw a right soto uke, supported by the left fist, pushing into the side of the elbow (palm down).
- Allow your left arm to relax back slightly, but staying in the same basic position, as you reach back with your left foot, shifting into a left kokutso dachi, and extending the right fist (palm up) behind you (to your original front line) to the chin level.
- Draw both hands to your belt, at the sides of your body, as you pivot on, shift to, and jump off of the left foot. As you jump draw your right knee up to your chest, then let the left knee draw to the same position. Your turn is to the left, ending 90 degrees to the right of your original front line. Land on the balls of both feet, shoulder width apart, the left foot slightly back, and the knees bent to about 90 degrees, and keeping the body straight up and down throw a gedan juji uke.
- Turn your body 90 degrees to the right, allowing the right foot to set over into a junzuki dachi. As you settle into the junzuki dachi throw a soto uke with your right hand and a left chudan ude uke (the left lower arm will end up pointed toward your right elbow, but not touching it, the left upper arm is straight down at your side).
- Let your left foot slide to your left as you shift into a left kokutso dachi toward your original front line, and simultaneously, throw a right soto uke to the rear (make sure you clear your head), and a left gedan uke to the front.
- Pull the left foot back as you stand and relax your legs, then slide the right foot out 45 degrees to your right into a right kokutso dachi, and simultaneously, throw a left soto uke to your rear (make sure you clear your head), and a right gedan uke to the front.
- Pull the right foot back and let the arms relax to your sides, ending in hachiji dachi.
- Close to masuba dachi, then rei.
Helpful Hints & Reminders
- This is the only kata you will do that you take your hands to the far side of your body for tae uke.
- The thirteenth move listed, the “telephone block”, is the first time you ever move a foot across the toes of the stationary foot, as you turn.
- The written kata instructions were kindly provided by Dojo Update, Pinan Godan Kata, http://www.dojoupdate.com/wado-ryu-katas/pinan-go-dan, Added – 10/20/14