Wado-Ryu – First Basic Kata

Wado-Ryu Karate – First Basic Kata (Kihon Kata)

This page will help you to learn the First Basic Kata for Wado-Ryu Karate. This is a kihon kata. 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. If you are searching for other Karate information (i.e. kicking techniques and terminology), please visit the main Karate page.

Written instructions for this Wado-Ryu kata are provided below the video.

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Video Demonstration for Wado-Ryu Karate – First Basic Kata

Written Instructions for Wado-Ryu Karate – First Basic Kata

  • Attention stance
  • Turn left 90 degrees, left front stance, left low block
  • Step forward into right front stance, right lunge punch
  • Turn right 180 degrees, right front stance, right low block
  • Step forward into left front stance, left lunge punch
  • Turn left 90 degrees, left front stance, left low block
  • Step forward into right front stance, right high block
  • Step forward into left front stance, left high block
  • Step forward into right front stance, right high block, yell KIAI
  • Turn left 270 degrees, left front stance, left low block
  • Step forward into right front stance, right lunge punch
  • Turn right 180 degrees, right front stance, right low block
  • Step forward into left front stance, left lunge punch
  • Turn left 90 degrees, left front stance, left low block
  • Step forward into right front stance, right lunge punch
  • Step forward into left front stance, left lunge punch
  • Step forward into right front stance, right lunge punch, yell KIAI
  • Turn left 270 degrees, left front stance, left low block
  • Step forward into right front stance, right lunge punch
  • Turn right 180 degrees, right front stance, right low block
  • Step forward into left front stance, left lunge punch
  • Return to attention stance

Kata Tips

Ok, a lot of people will dismiss this kata simply as it’s the first one taught, and only useful for getting through the grade. This isn’t the case. This teaches a lot of more complex movements that aren’t noticed such as:

  • Gedan Barai – This can be used for so much more than blocking a kick, defense against a wrist grab, when included in the second Muwatte, can be a throw.
  • The three Oizukes, the body can take 1 punch, 2 punches but the 3rd the defenses are reduced and after the 3rd one there is no need for a 4th, which would make sence to do even numbers of punches as gives training to both strong and weak arms.
  • Short and long Muwattes, teaching both from the beginning.
  • The Muwatte/ turns, can all be used to control an opponent, either positioning them for the Oi-zuki, or as a throw to eliminate the threat.

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