Translation: “Penetrate a Fortress (minor)”
Movements in Kata: 27
Kiai Points: #17 (gedan yoko geri) & #22 (oi zuki)
Origin/Creator: Sokon Matsumura
Okinawan Name: Passai
This is the shorter companion kata to Bassai Dai, both sharing a similar embusen. Many of its techniques are performed at the jodan level compared to Bassai Dai. Bassai Sho’s challenging footwork make this a difficult kata to perform convincingly without diligent practice.