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arcelt
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My five:

Sanchin, Sanchin, Sanchin, Sanchin, and Sanchin.
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bushido_man96
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Styles: Taekwondo, Combat Hapkido, Aikido, GRACIE

PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

arcelt wrote:
My five:

Sanchin, Sanchin, Sanchin, Sanchin, and Sanchin.
Soooo, I take it you like Sanchin?

Have you read the book The Way of Sanchin Kata? Even though I don't practice the kata, I found the book quite interesting.
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granitemiller
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gojushiho
Tekki San
Bassai Dai
Pinan 5
Sanchin

But I love them all!!
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Shizentai
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

long list:

heian shodan
heian nidan
heian sandan
heian yondan
tekki shodan
bassai dai
kanku dai
jion
empi
tekki nidan
kanku sho
bassai sho

short list:

1. kanku sho
2. empi
3. heian sandan
4. bassai dai
5. tekki nidan

It's kinda funny, I didn't realize I knew this many kata until I actually wrote them down. Time flies when you're learning kata I guess.
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G95champ
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW ten years ago I posted my top 5 favorite kata and none of them are there today. That's such a cool thing to see. Espically since I included. Brief reason why. So for the sake of posterity I'll update my list.

1. Meikyo
2. Kanku Sho
3. Gojushisho Sho
4. Gankanku
5. Wankan
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JR 137
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just read through this old but good thread. Thanks for digging it up, G95champ.

A lot of people listed what I consider advanced kata. I guess it keeps my brown belt self in check. My 5 favorites in somewhat order...

Seiunchin - I did this as a shodan during my previous stint. I love every part of it. Itís waiting for me when I earn shodan again.

Saiha - This kata just flat out makes sense to me. More so than any others Iíve done and seen. Simple (in the whole grand scheme of things), yet IMO brutally effective.

Sanchin - If I only knew Sanchin and Saiha, I wouldnít feel cheated at all. I love the rooting, tension, and the ďcheckingĒ and conditioning. Some styles such as Uechi Ryu say everything you need is in Sanchin. I donít think thatís too far off.

Pinan 5 - A lot of stuff going on in this one. A great tournament kyu kata and bunkai kata IMO.

Tsuki-No Kata - Not a very well known kata. I started learning it a few months ago. Iím really just starting to feel comfortable with it. Developed by Seigo Tada, founder of Goju Ryu Seigokan, they call it Kihon Tsuki-No Kata, meaning basic/fundamental punching kata. That name hits the nail on the head. A lot of transitioning and punching from different stances. Since Iíve gotten half way decent at it, Iím starting to like it more than Pinan 5.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naihanchi
Naihanchi
Naihanchi
Naihanchi
Naihanchi

The entire series, of course.

Outside of that, I'm quite fond of Wankan, Meikyo, Kanku Sho, Pinan Godan, and Unsu.



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MatsuShinshii
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Styles: Machimura Suidi Rokudan, Ryukyu Kenpo, Kobudo, Judo

PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Favorite Kata
Naifanchin (Naihanchi)
Pinan Shodan
Seisan
Rohai
Passai
Useishi
Chinto
Kusanku
Hakutsuru
Wanduan

If I could only have 5
Naifanchin
Seisan
Useishi
Rohai
Kusanku
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P.A.L
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

top ones

1- Tensho
2- Naihanchi Shodon
3- Tomari Passai
4- Goju Seisan
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skullsplitter
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hangetsu
Jitte
Jiin
Sochin
Meikyo
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