Bassai Sho 抜塞小


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.