Pinan Shodan

Presentation of Wado Ryu Pinan Shodan

In this blog we present Pinan Shodan to you, as it is practiced in Wado Ryu. Although variations of Kata exist within Wado and among several teachers, "the nine Kata" are virtually identical. Here and there there are some slight nuances, but they are not in comparison to the major differences that exist between Kata like Niseishi, Wanshu, Bassai and Jitte. 

History of Pinan Shodan

Pinan Shodan (often practiced second or third because of the difficulty) is officially the first kata from the Pinan series which consists of five kata. Originally they were designed by Itosu sensei round 1900. The kata served as a physical educational system on Okinawan schools. The movements from Pinan kata are probably derived from Kushanku and some other kata. Although the techniques are relatively easy in comparison to some other kata, you have your hands full with them even after 10, 20 or even 30 years of training.  

Pinan Shodan or Heian Nidan?

As mentioned, many schools practice them after Pinan Nidan or even after Pinan Sandan due to the difficulty. In Shotokan the names have been changed because of this. In Shotokan, Pinan Shodan is called Heian Nidan and Pinan Nidan is called Heian Shodan. I heard that Itosu originally created Pinan Shodan first and introduced this Kata to the schools. Later on, Itosu was asked to present them with another easier Kata, as Pinan Shodan proved quite difficult to learn from scratch. Karate history is not my forté, but this story does sound logic to me. My guess is, as with many things, that things that are created are always updated, systematised and structured later on. I think it is a quite reasonable idea that the above story is at least close to the truth.

After Rei, open left, then right and assume Shizentai.

1. Jodan soto uke
Mahanmi neko ashi dachi

2. Jodan uchi uke + Chudan otoshi uke
Mahani neko ashi dachi

3. Jodan tettsui uchi
Shizentai

 

4. Jodan soto uke
Mahanmi neko ashi dachi

5. Jodan uchi uke + Chudan otoshi uke
Mahani neko ashi dachi

6. Jodan tettsui uchi
Shizentai

 

7a. Chikara wo nuki

7b. Jodan soto uke + Yokogeri

7c. Shuto Uke
Mahanmi neko ashi dachi

8. Shuto Uke
Mahanmi neko ashi dachi

9. Shuto Uke
Mahanmi neko ashi dachi

10. Nukite
Junzuki dachi

 

11. Shuto Uke
Mahanmi neko ashi dachi

12. Shuto Uke
Mahanmi neko ashi dachi

13. Shuto Uke
Mahanmi neko ashi dachi

14. Shuto Uke
Mahanmi neko ashi dachi

 

15. Gyaku soto uke
Gyakuzuki dachi

16. Maegeri

17. Gyakuzuki
Gyakuzuki dachi

18. Gyaku soto uke
Gyakuzuki dachi

19. Maegeri

20. Gyakuzuki
Gyakuzuki dachi

21. Morote uke
Junzuki dachi

 

22. Gedan barai
Junzuki dachi

23. Jodan uke
Junzuki dachi

24. Gedan barai
Junzuki dachi

25. Jodan uke
Junzuki dachi