NAIHANCHI SHODAN is the first of the three Naihanchi kata. It introduces the Naihanchi side-stepping and Naihanchi kicking in the Naihanchi stance, or kiba-dachi.
The Naihanchi kata are performed in a straight line from side to side using techniques that are useful for close-in fighting. The Naihanchi kata were the favorite of Choki Motobu and were often taught to beginning karateka before the Pinan kata were created.
These videos are part of an advanced study project I took on as a Yondan and Renshi. The purpose was to video document the full set of 18 Matsubayashi Ryu kata as well as a few additional kata to use as a baseline for further refinement and study.
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