Shotokan – Taikyoku Sandan

Shotokan Kata – Taikyoku Sandan (Kihon Kata)

This page provides videos and instructions for Shotokan Kata – Taikyoku Sandan. These tools will help you prepare for your next belt test. This introductory kata is used by some Shotokan schools as a tool for lower-level color belt students. Taikyoku Sandan is also known as one of the kihon kata.

Written step-by-step instructions for this kihon kata are at the bottom of the page. This kata is similar to Taikyoku Shodan. However, Taikyoku Sandan introduces back stances (Kokutsu Dachi) to students and replaces some low (downward) blocks found in Shodan with inside blocks (Uchi Uke).

For information on other Shotokan katas (i.e. Heian Shodan), please visit the main Shotokan Karate Katas section.

Demonstration Video of Shotokan Kata – Taikyoku Sandan

Written Instructions for Shotokan Kata – Taikyoku Sandan

  • Ready stance
  • Turn left 90 degrees, left back stance, left inside block
  • Step forward, right front stance, right middle punch
  • Turn right 180 degrees, right back stance, right inside block
  • Step forward, left front stance, left middle punch
  • Turn left 90 degrees, left front stance, left low (downward) block
  • Step forward, right front stance, right middle punch
  • Step forward, left front stance, left middle punch
  • Step forward, right front stance, right middle punch, yell Kiai
  • Turn left 270 degrees, left back stance, left inside block
  • Step forward, right front stance, right middle punch
  • Turn 180 degrees, right back stance, right inside block
  • Step forward, left front stance, left middle punch
  • Turn left 90 degrees, left front stance, left low (downward) block
  • Step forward, right front stance, right middle punch
  • Step forward, left front stance, left middle punch
  • Step forward, right front stance, right middle punch, yell Kiai
  • Turn left 270 degrees, left back stance, left inside block
  • Step forward, right front stance, right middle punch
  • Turn right 180 degrees, right back stance, right inside block
  • Step forward, left front stance, left middle punch
  • Return to ready stance

References

  1. Written instructions for Shotokan Kata Taikyoku Sandan are courtesy of Black Belt Wiki and may not be copied or reproduced.

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