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Bassai Dai

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Bassai Dai.

The kata begins with a set of powerful blocks, switching to equally powerful attacks. The shifting of a disadvantage to an advantage. Bassai Dai, translated to mean ‘To Storm A Fortress’ is an advancement from the Heian Series. The concept of this kata is to develop power intense and destructive enough to storm a fortress, and the opening technique has been interpreted by many as the breaking down of the fortress doors, signifying the fantastic levels of power produced by the karateka. Despite such impressive displays of power, this kata is commonly regarded, in origin, as a Shorin-ryu kata, since it employs many fast and sharp techniques. This kata introduces many new techniques including yama-tsuki, mountain or U punch. One element that makes this kata particularly complex is the movement and shifting of the feet. This kata is valuable in the transition from a beginner to intermediate. For this reason, the kata is studied at brown belt, for it has many lessons to teach the developing karateka. The kata has 42 moves with Kiai’s on moves 19 and 42.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 November 2009 20:10  

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