Translation: “Fifty-Four Steps (minor)”
Movements in Kata: 65
Kiai Points: #57 (Oi Zuki) & #64 (Morote Uke)
Origin/Creator: Sokon Matsumura
Okinawan Name: Useishi
This companion to Gojushiho Dai is one of the more advanced kata of Shotokan and is popular in competition. It features many sharp turns with dramatic whipping actions of the arms. Smooth and continuous transition between its many steps and complex body mechanics is the key to a good performance.