Translation: “Twenty-Four Steps”
Movements in Kata: 34
Kiai Points: #18 (Gedan Morote Zuki) & #33 (Morote Zuki)
Origin/Creator: Seisho Arakaki
Okinawan Name: Niseishi
Nijushiho is a beautiful kata featuring movements that are often said to resemble waves breaking against the shore. The modern-day version of this kata that we practice is attributed to Okinawan Master Seisho Arakaki (also Unsu and Sochin). The original Okinawan name for Nijushiho is Niseishi. It is a popular kata for tournament competition and it is a practiced often by the black belts in our dojo. Its 24 steps include a wide array of stances, unique bunkai, and challenging transitions between techniques.