Solo Tekki Shodan

 

Tekki Shodan (Naihanchi)

Iron Horse (Knight), First Level

Kata History

 

Tekki means iron horse or horse stance. Tekki Shodan is the first of the series. The tekki kata are shorei kata, emphasizing strong, powerful techniques. These kata were revised or created by Master Yasutsune Itosu. Master Funakoshi was required to spend three years learning each tekki kata. (At that time, students would spend several years learning a single kata).

Tekki Shodan was originally called Naihanchi and was revised by Itosu; Tekki Nidan and Sandan were created by Itosu.

It is not clear why performance is on a single line, although the kata is sometimes taught as being performed in armour and/or on horseback (this would not be a practical application). The meaning of the kata could also be defence with ones back against a wall; or, in a boat.

The major points are lower body strength, hip vibration and side stance.

The Moves

 

The Kata exercises the following moves and stances, in sequence, and takes around 30 seconds to complete at high speed:

 

Count

Move

Stance

 

Rei

Msubi Dachi

 

Yoi

Uchi Hachiji Dachi

 

Kata Yoi

Heisoku Dachi

1

 

Kosa Dachi

2

Migi Fumikomi

 

3

Migi Haishu Uke

Kiba Dachi

4

Migi Sokumen Empi

Kiba Dachi

5

Koshi Gamae

Kiba Dachi

6

Hidari Gedan Barai

Kiba Dachi

7

Migi Kage Zuki

Kiba Dachi

8

 

Kosa Dachi

9

Hidari Fumikomi

 

10

Migi Uchi Uke

Kiba Dachi

11

Hidari Jodan Nagashi Uke

Kiba Dachi

12

Hidari Jodan Ura Zuki

Kiba Dachi

13

Hidari Nami Ashi

 

14

Hidari Sokumen Uke

Kiba Dachi

15

Migi Nami Ashi

 

16

Migi Sokumen Uke

Kiba Dachi

17

Koshi Gamae

Kiba Dachi

18

Hidari Morote Zuki (KIAI)

Kiba Dachi

19

Hidari Haishu Uke

Kiba Dachi

20

Hidari Sokumen Empi

Kiba Dachi

21

Koshi Gamae

Kiba Dachi

22

Migi Gedan Barai

Kiba Dachi

23

Hidari Kage Zuki

Kiba Dachi

24

 

Kosa Dachi

25

Migi Fumikomi

 

26

Hidari Uchi Uke

Kiba Dachi

27

Migi Jodan Nagashi Zuki

Kiba Dachi

28

Migi Jodan Ura Zuki

Kiba Dachi

29

Migi Nami Ashi

 

30

Migi Sokumen Uke

Kiba Dachi

31

Hidari Nami Ashi

 

32

Migi Sokumen Uke

Kiba Dachi

33

Koshi Gamae

Kiba Dachi

34

Migi Morote Zuki (KIAI)

Kiba Dachi

 

Kata Yoi

Heisoku Dachi

 

Yame

Uchi Hachiji Dachi

 

Rei

Msubi Dachi