Heian Nidan

"Peaceful Mind, Second Level". A Shotokan kata.


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Kokutsu Dachi, Haiwan Nagashi Uke, Yoko Uraken, Yoko Geri, Uraken, Shuto Uke, Osae Uke, Nukite Uchi, Gyaku Gedan Uke, Gyaku Uchi Uke, Zenkutsu Dachi, Mae Geri, Chudan Gyaku Tzuki, Morote Uke, Gedan Barai Uke, Age Uke.


Heian Nidan was originally the first Pinan kata, Pinan Shodan. Funakoshi Gichin did this to create a more gentle introduction and a more gradual increase in difficulties for learning. More information may be found under Heian Shodan.


As Heian Nidan is more complex than the Heian Shodan, it is subject to more intrepretations and variations:
• Preparing the Haiwan Nagashi Uke below the hip (as in Heian Yondan), maintaining the same distance betwen the fists at all times [Shotokan].
• Preparing the Yoko Tetsui with the palm up [Shotokan].
• Not stepping halfway up for the Yoko Geri [GoSoku Ryu]. Some step all the way up; some step back; or step half-way. The most fluent option is to step up 1/3 which means the body weight and position does not change.
• Stopping in Heisoku Dachi when preparing for the Yoko Geri (separate count), and striking Yoko Tetsui rather than Uraken.
• Slow preparation, definite hand retraction and moving the weight over the back foot before the Osae Uke.
• No shortening of Zenkutsu Dachi on the second Ura Uchi Uke [Shotokan].
• Preparing for Morote Uke similar to Soto Uke [GoSoku Ryu].
• After the 270 degree turn (Gedan Barai Uke), having the feet in line for Zenkutsu Dachi, rather than one shoulder width, making it proper Zenkutsu Dachi when grabbing to the 45 degree angle [Shotokan].

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