Sepai

Goju-Ryu Kata – Sepai

This page will help you to learn Sepai, one of the katas used in Goju-Ryu Karate. This Goju-Ryu kata is also known as Seipai, Saipai, etc. The meaning of the Sepai kata is “Eighteen Hands”. For the meaning of other Goju-Ryu kata, please visit the section on Goju-Ryu kata meanings.

Written kata instructions are located at the bottom of this page. These instructions will help you to prepare for your Karate belt tests. There are 12 official “core” katas for Goju-Ryu. However, the Sanchin kata is occasionally separated into two katas by some schools. Therefore, people are sometimes confused and think there are 13 Goju-Ryu katas. In addition, some Goju-Ryu schools and organizations borrow katas from other styles and they might use more than the official 12 katas.

You should also read the Black Belt Wiki section on Is Kata Useful or Useless? as it discusses the pros & cons of kata. For additional Goju-Ryu Karate katas, please visit the main Goju-Ryu Katas page. To learn other Karate katas (i.e. Shotokan), please visit the main Katas & Forms section.

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Written Kata Instructions

  • Bow from musubi dachi
  • Left step back to kokutsu dachi, right hand open above head
  • Lower right hand to right side of body while sinking deeper in to stance
  • Step up to heiko dachi, clasp hands right over left
  • Chamber to right hip, strike with left on top
  • Chamber to left hip, strike with right on top
  • Left step back to kokutsu dachi, pull hands in to chest, right elbow facing down, left horizontal
  • Right elbow strike outwards
  • Left step forward to deep kokutsu dachi, left hand open by thigh, right hand open above head
  • Shift to left zenkutsu facing front, right open hand inside block
  • Right front kick, set down back in to left kokutsu dachi, chamber at right hip, left middle block to left side
  • Right cat stance facing rear, left hand crosses body, right hand low block over left hand
  • Left hand open above head, right hand open extended downwards
  • Turn to the right to face the front, left over right mid-level cross block
  • Left hand open above head, right hand open extended downwards
  • Turn to the left to face the left rear corner, right palm press up to chest level, left hand chamber
  • Step to left zenkutsu, left middle block, left low block, left middle block
  • Right step to kiba dachi at 45, both hands open at solar plexus, palms facing each other
  • Right leg lift up, stomp back to kiba dachi, two strikes straight downwards
  • Right leg step behind to kiba facing rear 45, left low block
  • Right middle block to right rear 45
  • Left step to kiba dachi at 45, both hands open at solar plexus, palms facing each other
  • Left leg lift up, stomp back to kiba dachi, two strikes straight downwards
  • Left leg step behind to kiba facing rear 45, right low block, slide back to cat stance
  • Left leg step towards front to left kokutsu dachi, yama tsuki w/ right hand above
  • Right step to left front 45, seiken tsuki
  • Left cross step behind towards front, yama tsuki w/ left hand above
  • Left step behind to turn 270 degrees, left zenkutsu dachi, left kagi uke
  • Left middle block, left low block, left middle block, right middle block
  • Right front kick, set down behind to left kokutsu, right palm block across, left bow and arrow punch
  • Face right in right zenkutsu dachi
  • Right middle block, right low block, right middle block, left middle block
  • Left front kick, set down behind to right kokutsu, left palm block across, right bow and arrow punch
  • Right foot slide around behind, right cat stance facing front
  • Pull both open hands to solar plexus, palms facing each other
  • Mawashi uke position w/ right high left low, push hands out, slide left foot back
  • Left circle up to chest level, fist with knuckles facing out, right circles simultaneously to same position
  • Open left hand at groin level, right hammerfist in to palm
  • End of kata

Reference Sources

  1. Kata instructions are courtesy of Mike at MBD Martial Arts, http://www.mbdmartialarts.com/, Added – 04/14/15

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