PINAN SHODAN is the first of the five Pinan kata or peace forms. Pinan Shodan is known for its signature opening moves using simultaneous blocks and strikes. It also introduces front kicks out of the hook stance.
The five Pinan kata were created by Anko Itosu in 1907 to introduce karate to high school students. The Pinan kata were based on older kata such as Kusanku and Channan. He developed the Pinan kata to be easier to learn and perform than the Naihanchi kata which were previously taught to beginners.
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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