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aurik
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Joined: 08 Nov 2016
Posts: 88
Location: Denver, CO
Styles: Shuri-Ryu, Uechi-Ryu

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Uechi-Ryu, we only have 8 kata (9 in some organizations) in our entire system - there are the original 3 katas from Pangai-Noon (sanchin, seisan, and sanseiryu) and 5 additional "bridging" katas which were added later. We have sanchin, 3 kyu level katas, and 4 dan level katas. Each kyu kata is required for 3 kyu grades -- for example, Kanshiwa is required for 9th kyu through 7th kyu. At 9th kyu, the student is expected to show basic memorization of the kata. At 8th kyu, the student should show memorization + appropriate power in the techniques. At 7th kyu, the student is expected to show memorization, power, and techinique/timing.

In our school, adults are generally taught their next kata 2 kyu grades before they will be tested on it. So a student will be taught Kanshu (first tested at 6th kyu) after they reach 8th kyu, and the student will be working both kanshiwa and kanshu during that time.

We practice Sanchin 3 times at the beginning of almost every class. In some classes, we will have time to work on kata individually, either the kata itself or its associated bunkai. Also at the end of most classes, we will run the gamut of kata, starting at kanshiwa followed by kanshu, seichin (required for 3rd-1st kyu), and seisan. If there is sufficient time (and students of appropriate rank), they will run the advanced black belt katas (seiryu, kanchin, and sanseiryu).

So that being said, my favorite katas are the ones I currently know:

Sanchin
Kanshiwa
Kanshu
Daini Seisan (a variant of Kanshu with a cool jumping sequence)
Seichin

With the current COVID-19 and teleconference lesson situation, our CI has been giving us teasers of the advanced black belt katas (seiryu and kanchin). I'd like to think I'll be able to learn the entire kata during this time, but I seriously doubt that
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scohen0300
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Joined: 09 Feb 2016
Posts: 121
Location: It varies
Styles: Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu, Matayoshi Ryu Kobudo

PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love this question!

- Fukyugata Ni
- Pinan Shodan
- Pinan Yondan
- Pinan Godan
- Naihanchi Sho

No particular reason, and in no particular order. I just enjoy them!
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rhilllakefield
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Joined: 19 May 2010
Posts: 62

Styles: Ishinryu Karate, Jeet Kune Do

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pinan Go

Saifa

Yansu

Pinan San

Enpi
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champ8309
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Joined: 01 May 2020
Posts: 13

Styles: Goju-Ryu

PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like all Katas, but my heart is in the 12 Goju-Ryu Katas, because that's where my Kata passion started.

Based on the Kata's I trained:
1. Gekisai dai ichi
2. Gekisai dai ni
3. Tensho
4. Saifa
5. I haven't officially trained a fifth Kat and I was supposed to learn sanchin, but I am learning Seienchin at home right now.

The overall Katas I'd keep practicing:
1. Suparimpei (Because it's my most favourite one)
2. Kururunfa
3. Sanseiru
4. Shisochin
5. Seiyunchin
I never trained those five, but I'd be training these privately starting today
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