Kata originally were teaching and training methods by which successful combat techniques were preserved and passed on. The basic goal of kata is to preserve and transmit proven techniques and to practice self-defence. By practicing in a repetitive manner the learner develops the ability to execute those techniques and movements in a natural, reflex-like manner. View Karate Kata ( 型 ) »

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Sōchin ( 壯鎭 )

(Japanese: "Tranquil Force") is a kata practiced in several styles of karate

It may have derived from Dragon style, and was taught in the Naha-te school in Okinawa by Seisho Arakaki. It was then passed down to Shitō-ryū. Later, a variation of it was introduced into Shotokan by Gichin Funakoshi's son, Yoshitaka.

The rhythm of the kata is dynamic, it is characterized by slow, deliberate movements interspersed with explosive out-bursts of speed. In the Shotokan version, the powerful dominant stance in this kata is sōchin-dachi ("rooted stance"). In the Shitō-ryū version, it employs several stances including nekoashi-dachi ("cat stance") and zenkutsu dachi ("front stance"). Rhythm is important in the execution of this kata. This kata has been said to develop Chi/Ki energy.

Sōchin is practiced in Shuri Style Karate, not from Naha Style.


Yvan RODRIGUEZ of Belgium. Kata Sochin. Bronze Medal. 2014 World Karate Championships


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