Translation: “Iron Horse #1”
Movements in Kata: 29
Kiai Points: #15 (Bow Punch) & #29 (Bow Punch)
Origin/Creator: Anko Itosu
Okinawan Name: Naihanchi Shodan
The Tekki kata were introduced to Japan by Master Funakoshi to showcase its strong kiba-dachi stance. Rich in practical applications, the Tekki kata family present a plethora of close combat techniques. Don’t let the simplified one-line embusen fool you, these kata are difficult to perform and require advanced understanding of body dynamics to perform their small movements effectively.