Heian Nidan Shotokan Karate

Heian Nidan, the second of the Heian Kata series is a very popular kata among new students. This kata is a very powerful kata, which builds upon the fundamentals introduced in Heian Shodan, while also using new techniques.
The representative movements of this kata, like most, are the opening techniques Haiwan uke, the double block followed by the punch. This develops a strong use of the hips, while developing the ability to execute more than one technique from one position, while generating impressive amounts of power.

With 26 movements, this kata should approximately take about 50-60 seconds to perform, and is more physically demanding, both athletically and fundamentally than Heian Shodan, acting as a useful stepping-stone.

As mentioned in Heian Shodan, the Heian Kata are representative of Karate-Do, and represents the attitude that must accompany the karate training. The word Heian is also used in Japanese history to describe the period between 794-1192, a time of unprecedented peace and security throughout the land, under the rule of the Heian dynasty.

When you then think about the symbolic significance of the word ‘Heian’, a deeper respect and appreciation for the kata will follow.

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Written Instructions for Shotokan Karate Kata – Heian Nidan

Heian Nidan has 26 movements. This kata requires accurate Shotokan stances (dachi).
Ready stance
Turn left 90 degrees into left back stance, double forearm block
Right upper cut, left side punch
Turn right 180 degrees into right back stance, double forearm block
Left upper cut, right side punch
Turn right 90 degrees into crane stance, right back fist, right side kick
Turn left 180 degrees into left back stance, left middle knife hand guarding block
Step forward into right back stance, right middle knife hand guarding block
Step forward into left back stance, left middle knife hand guarding block
Step forward into right front stance, right spear hand, yell Kiai
Turn left 270 degrees into left back stance, left middle knife hand guarding block
Turn right 45 degrees into right back stance, right middle knife hand guarding block
Turn 135 degrees into right back stance, right middle knife hand guarding block
Turn left 45 degrees into left back stance, left middle knife hand guarding block
Turn left 90 degrees into left front stance, right outside block
Turn right 45 degrees, right front kick, left middle punch
Left outside block, left front kick, right middle punch
Step forward into right front stance, double assisted forearm block
Turn left 270 degrees into left front stance, left low (downward) block
Turn right 45 degrees, step forward into right front stance, right rising block
Turn right 135 degrees into right front stance, right low (downward) block
Turn left 45 degrees into left front stance, left rising block, yell Kiai
Bring left foot back, return to ready stance

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