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Crack the Heian Shodan: The Heian Kata Foundation of Shotokan Kata

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Dear Karate Enthusiast,

Legend has it that the Shuri bodyguards of Okinawa had well-known fights with other martial artists on the streets of Naha—a seaport. Some of these fights were life-and-death bouts. They were fighting to uphold their honor.

But how did they defeat the samurai with their bare hands? How did they defend foreign pirates on a crowded waterfront?

One man, Sokon Matsumura, found a way and changed the way karate was taught forever.

In this FREE guide — Crack the Heian Shodan: The Heian Kata Foundation of Shotokan Kata— you’ll learn the forms that Matsumura taught his students.

Shotokan Kata Show Us Matsumura’s Secret Weapon: Momentum

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The old strategy was based on strength and toughness. The Chinese approach encouraged toe-to-toe slugfests in which the fighters stood with their knees turned in to protect the legs and groin. They exchanged rapid blows to vital points that wore the opponent down. To prepare for these fights, the Chinese martial artists would hold weighted jars by their fingertips to develop shoulder muscles and a strong grip.

Instead, shotokan students learned heian shodan as their first shotokan kata. No more standing still like a tree.

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Heian Shodan Is a Very Different Kata

It is clear that heian shodan is mainly about using body momentum to knock people over. Oi-zuki (or front punch) shotokan kata, with body momen¬tum behind it, can literally make a man airborne. A linear punch or kick has enough impact to knock a fighter out of his rooted stance and throw him to the ground.

In this FREE guide to Crack the Heian Shodan: The Heian Kata Foundation of Shotokan Kata, you’ll learn how a wrist rotation and elbow snap are the elements that make the front punch work, too.

Shotokan Masters Were Well-Versed in This Application. Now You Can Be, Too!

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“Learn the Secret Origins of Hein Shodan”

The white-crane kata is thought to be the ancestral origins to this shotokan kata. But if you look closely, most of the kata incorporate elements of other martial arts, such as jujitsu. When jujitsu is added to these forms, heian shodan takes on some startling new qualities. How do we know that these are the “real” applications of he¬ian shodan?

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Matsumara’s Momentum vs. Chinese Martial Artist Strength

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