Heian Shodan

平安 初段

The Heian series consists of five basic Kata introduced by Gichin Funakoshi (1968 – 1957). The name Heian ( 平安 ) literally means ‘peaceful and safe’. The original Okinawan name of this series is Pinan, with the same meaning. The first Kata of this basic series is named Shodan ( 初段 ), meaning ‘first grade’. In the video embedded below (recorded on 5 June 2023), budoka Johan Oldenkamp, a former national runner-up from the Netherlands, performs this first grade Peaceful Mind Kata of Shotokan ( 松濤館 ) Karate-do ( 空手道 ).

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