Heian Godan is a very visually exciting kata. Being the most athletic of the Heian series, this kata employs movements, techniques and concepts that stretch the skills of the beginning student. 

Here, not only must the karateka further develop the vital contrast between fast and slow, but must also effectively execute a jump with speed, balance and grace. Through effectively developing this kata, the karateka will be able to develop not only the skills introduced and fine-tuned in the previous kata, but incorporate such skills as stance transition.

Although appearing simple to an advanced student, to a beginner, the shift of weight and balance from zenkutsu-dachi to kokutsu-dachi can be very difficult. Through many repetitions of this within the kata, along with other transitions through stances, this kata is essential in the development of understanding how to generate power and how to use the body to its maximum potential.

This kata introduces many techniques such as manji-game-uke, and teisho (although many styles don’t necessarily use the technique in this manner) along with this kata using the first jump in the Shotokan Syllabus.

  Heian Godan  

Salute slowly, musubi-dachi.
Announce “Heian Godan” in a decisive tone of voice.
Yoi, hachiji-dachi.
1.Hidari chudan-uchi-uke
2.Migi chudan-gyaku -uki
3.Hidari zenwan-mizu-nagare-kamae
4.Migi chudan-uchi-uke
5.Hidari chudan-gyaku-zuki
6.Migi zenwan-mizu-nagare-kamae
7.Migi chudan-morote-uke
8.Hidari gedan-juji-uke
9.Hidari jodan-juji-uke
10.Hidari chudan-osae-uke Hidari chudan-oi-zuki
11.Migi chudan-oi-zuki KIAI
12.Migi yoko-fumikomi Migi gedan-barai
13.Hidari chudan-haishu-uke Migi chudan-mikazuki-geri
14.Migi chudan-mae-empi-uchi
15.Migi chudan-morote-uke
16.Migi chudan-morote-ura-zuki
17.Gedan-juji-uke KIAI
18.Migi chudan-morote-uke
19.Hidari nagashi-teisho-uke Migi gedan-shuto-nukite
20.Hidari sokumen-gedan-barai Migi sokumen-jodan-uchi-uke
21.Migi nagashi-teisho-uke Hidari gedan-shuto-nukite
22.Migi gedan-barai Hidari jodan-uchi-uke
Yame, hachiji dachi

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