Hangetsu (Seisan)

Half Moon

Kata History

 

Hangetsu is a Kata believed to come from the Wutang School. Master Itosu is credited with introducing the Kata to Master Funakoshi; hence it found it's way into Shotokan.

The Kata revolves around the Hangetsu Dachi, a stance noted for it's effectiveness against groin kicks (Kin Geri). The movements are performed slowly up to the first Kiai, with strong emphasis on Kime (tensing and relaxing). From the point of view of more mature (older!) students, Hangetsu is a good Kata because it does not require the suppleness of youth to complete it!

Master Funakoshi expected the Kata to take around one minute to complete. However, modern-day Masters (such as Sensei Randall) often record much longer times.

The Moves

 

The Kata exercises the following moves and stances, in sequence, and takes up to 110 seconds to complete at high speed (see Kata History above). The embusen of the Kata is a cross.

 

Count

Move

Stance

 

Rei

Msubi Dachi

 

Yoi

Uchi Hachiji Dachi

1

Hidari Chudan Uchi Uke

Hangetsu Dachi

2

Migi Chudan Gyaku Zuki

Hangetsu Dachi

3

Migi Chudan Uchi Uke

Hangetsu Dachi

4

Hidari Chudan Gyaku Zuki

Hangetsu Dachi

5

Hidari Chudan Uchi Uke

Hangetsu Dachi

6

Migi Chudan Gyaku Zuki

Hangetsu Dachi

7

Morote Yoko Ken Ate

Hangetsu Dachi

8

Morote Ippon Ken

Hangetsu Dachi

9

Kaisho Yama Uke

Hangetsu Dachi

10

Ryowan Gedan Shuto Uke (KIAI)

Hangetsu Dachi

11

Kaisho Kosa Uke (Hidari Seiryuto Uke, Migi Haito Uke)

Hangetsu Dachi

12

Migi Tsukami Uke

Hangetsu Dachi

13

Kaisho Kosa Uke (Migi Seiryuto Uke, Hidari Haito Uke)

Hangetsu Dachi

14

Hidari Tsukami Uke

Hangetsu Dachi

15

Kaisho Kosa Uke (Hidari Seiryuto Uke, Migi Haito Uke)

Hangetsu Dachi

16

Hidari Tsukami Uke

Hangetsu Dachi

17

Migi Chudan Uchi Uke

Hangetsu Dachi

18

Hidari Chudan Gyaku Zuki

Hangetsu Dachi

19

Migi Chudan Zuki

Hangetsu Dachi

20

Hidari Chudan Uchi Uke

Hangetsu Dachi

21

Migi Chudan Gyaku Zuki

Hangetsu Dachi

22

Hidari Chudan Zuki

Hangetsu Dachi

23

Migi Chudan Uchi Uke

Hangetsu Dachi

24

Hidari Chudan Gyaku Zuki

Hangetsu Dachi

25

Migi Chudan Zuki

Hangetsu Dachi

26

Hidari Engetsu Uke

(N/A)

27

Hidari Chudan Uraken Uchi

Kokutsu Dachi

28

Hanmi Sachi Ashi

(N/A)

29

Hidari Mae Geri / Hidari Hikite

(N/A)

30

Hidari Gedan Bari

Hangetsu Dachi

31

Migi Chudan Gyaku Zuki

Hangetsu Dachi

32

Hidari Age Uke

Hangetsu Dachi

33

Migi Engetsu Uke

(N/A)

34

Migi Chudan Uraken Uchi

Kokutsu Dachi

35

Hanmi Sachi Ashi

(N/A)

<36

Migi Mae Geri / Migi Hikite

(N/A)

37

Migi Gedan Barai

Hangetsu Dachi

38

Hidari Chudan Gyaku Zuki

Hangetsu Dachi

39

Migi Age Uke

Hangetsu Dachi

40

Hidari Engetsu Uchi

(N/A)

41

Chudan Uraken Uchi

Kokutsu Dachi

42

Migi Mikazuki Geri (KIAI)

(N/A)

43

Migi Chudan Gyaku Zuki

Zenkutsu Dachi

44

Taisho Awase Gedan Uke

Neko Ashi Dachi

 

Yame

Uchi Hachiji Dachi

 

Rei

Msubi Dachi