Meikyo 明鏡


Translation:  “Bright Mirror”
Movements in Kata:  33
Kiai Points:  #32 (empi uchi)
NOTE: a variation is to kiai at #24 (crescent kick)
Origin/Creator:  Anko Itosu
Okinawan Name:  Rohai

The first movements of this kata suggest the smoothing of water to make it as calm and even as a mirror.  While less practiced than other kata in the Shotokan canon, Meikyo features subtle stance and direction changes that provide insight into proper transition.  It features an awesome jump, too!