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Naihanchi

Japanese : ナイハンチ
English : Iron horse



Origin : Shorin-Ryu
History : It teaches the Naihanchin stance (uchi-hachji-dachi). It is an erect position in which the toes are pointing straight and the legs and hips are locked. Movements in the kata are lateral. This kata trains the karate-ka to tighten the legs and to defend against opponents on both sides.



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  1. Bow
    End bow by bringing feet together touching, hands remains crossed in-front of groin. (left over right)

    (north)
  2. Look left (west),
  3. Step right foot to left (west) into right foot tsuru-no-iwa-dachi
  4. Step left foot out (west) into naihanchi-dachi,
    lock stance and hips, hands still in front of groin.
  5. Left hand kake-uke to side, right hand on hip
  6. Right yoko mawashi empi-uchi into left palm, left arm horizontal
  7. Left hand returns to hip, right hand prepares vertical on top of left hand at left hip.

    (east)
  8. Look right (east),
  9. Pull right foot up to touch left knee,
    step back down into naihanchi-dachi,
    right hand gedan-barai to right side
  10. Left hand nukite-tsuki to side, palm up, right hand returns to hip

  11. Step left foot to right (east) into left foot tsuru-no-iwa-dachi
  12. Right foot ashi-barai to right side (east) step down into naihanchi-dachi,
    lock stance, left hand stays horizontal to side, palm up.

    (north)
  13. Look front (north),
    left hand kake-uke to front,
  14. Left hand gedan tettsui-uchi to the left
  15. Right tate hiji ate-uchi,
    left arm comes up horizontal across chest, fist close, thumb against body, in armpit
  16. Right hand uraken-uchi,
    left hands stays across chest, left knuckles touching right elbow (keep them there)

  17. Look right (east)
  18. Pull right foot up to touch left knee,
    right hand comes to left ear,
    step back down into naihanchi-dachi,
    right hand
    uraken-uchi to side
  19. Square to front, still blocking

    (west)
  20. Look left (west)
  21. Pull left foot up to touch right knee,
    right hand comes to right ear,
    step back down into naihanchi-dachi,
    right hand jodan tettsui-uchi to left, left hand returns to hip
  22. Right hand prepares vertical on top of left hand at left hip.

    (east)
  23. Look right (east)
  24. Right hand prepares vertical on top of left hand at left hip, as right foot pulls up to touch left knee,
    step back down into naihanchi-dachi,
    double punch to side.

  25. Right hand kake-uke to side, left hand on hip.
  26. Left yoko mawashi empi-uchi into right palm, right arm horizontal
  27. Right hand returns to hip, left hand prepares vertical on top of right hand at right hip.

    (west)
  28. Look left (west)
  29. Pull left foot up to touch right knee,
    step back down into naihanchi-dachi,
    left hand gedan-barai to side
  30. Right hand nukite-tsuki to side, palm up, left hand returns to hip

  31. Step right foot to left (west) into right foot tsuru-no-iwa-dachi
  32. Left foot ashi-barai to left side (west) step down into naihanchi-dachi,
    lock stance, right hand stays horizontal to side, palm up.

    (north)
  33. Look front (north),
    right hand kake-uke to front,
  34. Right hand gedan tettsui-uchi to right
  35. Left tate hiji ate-uchi,
    right arm comes up horizontal across chest, fist close, thumb against body, in armpit
  36. Left hand uraken-uchi,
    right hands stays across chest, left knuckles touching right elbow (keep them there)

  37. Look left (west)
  38. Pull left foot up to touch right knee,
    left hand comes to right ear,
    step back down into naihanchi-dachi,
    left hand
    uraken-uchi to side
  39. Square to front, still blocking,

    (east)
  40. Look right (east)
  41. Left hand prepares vertical on top of right hand at right hip as right foot pulls up to touch left knee,
    left hand comes to left ear,
    step back down into naihanchi-dachi,
    left hand jodan tettsui-uchi to right, right hand returns to hip

    (west)
  42. Look Left (west)
  43. Pull left foot up to touch right knee,
    step back down into naihanchi-dachi,
    double punch to side KIAI.

  44. Left foot slides next to right foot,
    Bow.