The First Form

First of all, you might be asking, what is a form? A form (or “kata” in Japanese) is a formalized sequence of movements which represent various offensive and defensive postures.

These postures are based on idealized combat applications. Forms are used to exercise both the body and the mind. In order to advance in rank, students must learn forms and demonstrate competent performance of the required forms for that level.

Pinan one is the first form whether you start training as a child or as an adult. Above, you can see a demonstration of this form which has 22 moves.

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