Empi 燕飛

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Translation:  “Flying Swallow”
Movements in Kata: 37
Kiai Points: #15 (forearm strike) & #36 (shuto uke after jump)
Origin/Creator:  Anko Itosu
Okinawan Name:  Wansu or Wanshu

The quick, darting directional changes of this kata are reminiscent of a bird in flight. Its signature sequence features a rising punch, shift and pull back that is an excellent exercise in speed, strength, and transition.  Enpi is one of the oldest kata in the Shotokan style.

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