O.B.I Karate School of Virginia
We have been teaching Okinawan Martial arts sine 1968, our curriculum is based on the teachings of Sensei Shugoro Nakazato.
Karate is Kata
To study and train in Karate, you must study Kata. Without the Kata karate can not exist. It is through Kata that we learn to control our body, how we develop our reaction and increase our speed and fluid movement.
In our system of Kata we have 15 Kata a student must learn before testing for black belt. Along with the Kata students must learn to kick, punch & block. Throughout the training students will work with other students in sparring and pre-set punch and counter drills.
Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan's Katas
Shorin-ryu is an Okinawan Martial Art system that encompasses a wide range of stikes, throws, stances, grabs, blocks and much more. These concepts have been recorded and handed down to us in the form of Kata. Shorin-ryu as taught under the Shorinkan Association has 15 open hand katas. Simply knowing the moves is just. The beginning to learning this venerable system. To delve in to Kata teaches short quick movements, deep strong and fast stances, timing and patience.
The following pages contain information regarding the 15 open hand katas that are the core of the Shorin-ryu Shorinkan system. These 15 kata fall into one of the 7 groups listed below.
The Nihanchi Katas
- Nihanchi Ichidan (Modern schools call it Shodan)
- Nihanchi Nidan
- Nihanchi Sandan
These 3 Kata contain all the core basics of the entire system, it would take a life time to perfect these 3 seemingly simple lateral ( left and right ) movement based kata.
The Pinan Katas
- Pinan Shodan
- Pinan Nidan
- Pinan Sandan
- Pinan Yondan
- Pinan Godan.
The Passai Katas
- Passai Sho
- Passai Dai
The Kusanku Katas
- Kusaku SHo
- Kusanku Dai
These two kata continue to advance the students abilities and concepts. They add a number different elements from arm manipulations to more complex kicks and striks.
GoRin Shugoro No Kata
This kata was developed by the Late Sensei Shugoro Nakazato for a demonstration at the 1996 US Olympics