My KishimotoDi Experience (Part 2–Kata)

KishimotoDi has a total of four kata; Naihanchi, Nidanbu, Passai, and Kusanku. The foundation of the system is Naihanchi, which is  not unusual for karate that comes from Shuri-Te/SuiDi. All of the other kata build on the material and methods in Naihanchi, so unless you get good at Naihanchi and its applications, the other kata won’t make sense. I find this cohesiveness to be unique, as most karate systems claim that a kata is their foundation (Naihanchi, Sanchin, or Seisan, typically) but you don’t usually see the methods carried over from their foundation kata to their other kata. In KishimotoDi, on the other hand, you can see and feel the methods that are carried over.

Tachimura no Naihanchi teaches the footwork, stances, and power generation necessary to make the applications for its movements work. The other kata contain other methods of entry and dealing with attacks, but any follow-up techniques go right back to Naihanchi. In the video, above, you can see me practicing Karlsson Sensei’s “Walk the Line” drill, which is used to develop smoothness in application by defending against one attacker after another while continuing to walk along a line. All three of the techniques I used were KishimotoDi applications for Naihanchi, although I didn’t do them nearly as well or as smoothly as Karlsson Sensei does.

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About Noah

I began training in karate (Shuri-Ryu) in the Summer of 2006. Subsequently, I started training in judo, kobudo, and iaijutsu within the next 6 months. During my training there, I earned the rank of Sankyu (3rd Degree Brown Belt) in Shuri-Ryu, Gokyu (Green Belt) in judo, a certification in the use of the bo, and passed proficiency tests for the four tachigata of Shinkage-Ryu iaijutsu. I moved to Arizona in the Summer of 2008, and continued training and researching karate at home. I continued regular training in judo at a local club until 2010, when I was able to start training in Shorin-Ryu with Sensei Richard Poage. I have been training with him ever since, and currently hold the rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Shorin-Ryu under him. In addition, I began studying KishimotoDi under Sensei Ulf Karlsson in 2014.