Kamikaze
(Divine Wind)

Kamikaze (Divine Wind) is an intermediate level kata taught by Grand Master Albert C. Church. It is used to practice some interesting combinations, including block and counter flurries, double punches, and most especially what is referred to as the Kamikaze Draw, which is a most impressive counter to a front kick.



Kamikaze

  1. Right Fist-to-Left Knifehand Bow from Musubi Tachi. Move left foot to Yoi Tachi.
  2. Moving the left foot, pivot 1/8 turn into a left foot forward Cat Leg Stance facing northwest. Execute a Left Inner Forearm Block, Left Down Block, Right Reverse Side Middle Thrust, Right Down Block, and a Left Middle Thrust. This is a block and counter against an opponent who throws a left upper punch, right middle punch, and a left middle punch.
  3. Moving the right foot, pivot 1/4 turn to the right into a right foot forward Cat Leg Stance facing northeast. Execute a Right Inner Forearm Block, Right Down Block, Left Reverse Side Middle Thrust, Left Down Block, and a Right Middle Thrust. This is a block and counter against an opponent who throws a right upper punch, left middle punch, and a right middle punch.
  4. Execute a Right Back Kick to the south and move the right foot south into a right foot south/left foot north Shiko Tachi. Execute a Left Knifehand block to North with the right upset knifehand guarding the solar plexus.
  5. Stepping forward with the right foot, execute the Kamikaze Draw to the North, ending with a left foot forward Cat Leg Stance and Knife Hand Block facing north. The rear hand is an upset knifehand guarding the solar plexus.
  6. Step the right foot forward into a closed parallel stance facing north. Move the right hand into a palm-down, fingers pointing north low guard and the left hand into a vertical open hand guarding the solar plexus.
  7. Execute a right side kick and put the foot back where it originated.
  8. Execute a left side kick and put the foot back where it originated.
  9. Stepping forward with the right foot into a right foot north/left foot south Shiko Tachi, execute a Right Hidden Hand Middle Thrust to north, followed by a Right Wrist Upper Strike.
  10. Shuffle a few inches north while executing a Right Fist Middle Thrust.
  11. Move the left foot eastward into a left foot southeast, right foot northwest Shiko Tachi and execute a Left Knifehand Block towards the southeast. The right hand should be a fist and in the fully pulled back position by the ribs.
  12. Step forward with the right foot into a right foot southeast, left foot northwest Shiko Tachi and execute a Right Outer Upper Elbow Strike.
  13. Moving the right foot westward into a right foot southwest, left foot northeast Shiko Tachi and execute a right Knifehand Block towards the southwest. The left hand should be a fist and in the fully pulled back position by the ribs.
  14. Step forward with the left foot into a left foot southwest, right foot northeast Shiko Tachi and execute a Left Outer Upper Elbow Strike.
  15. Move the left foot east into a left foot south, right foot north Shiko Tachi with a Left Knifehand Block facing south. The right hand is an upset knifehand guarding the solar plexus.
  16. Stepping forward (south) with the right foot, execute the Kamikaze Draw to the south, ending with a left foot forward Cat Leg Stance and Knife Hand Block facing south. The rear hand is an upset knifehand guarding the solar plexus.
  17. Step the right foot forward into a closed parallel stance facing south. Move the right hand into a palm-down, fingers pointing south low guard and the left hand into a vertical open hand guarding the solar plexus.
  18. Execute a right side kick and put the foot back where it originated.
  19. Execute a left side kick and put the foot back where it originated.
  20. Execute a Right Back Kick to the North and step forward with the right foot into a right foot south/left foot north Shiko Tachi and then execute a Right Hidden Hand Middle Thrust to south, followed by a Right Wrist Upper Strike.
  21. Shuffle a few inches south while executing a Right Fist Middle Thrust.
  22. Move the left foot towards the right into a north-facing Cat Leg Stance and Left Knife Hand Block. The left leg should be to the north, and the right hand should be an upset knifehand guarding the solar plexus.
  23. Step forward with the right foot into a closed parallel stance facing north. Both hands should be fists high against the ribs, loaded for a double punch.
  24. Step to the northeast with the right foot into a Right Front Stance and execute a double punch, right fist low and left fist high.
  25. Move the right foot back into a closed parallel stance facing north. Both hands should be fists high against the ribs, loaded for a double punch.
  26. Step to the north with the right foot into a Right Front Stance and execute a double punch, right fist low and left fist high.
  27. Move the right foot back into a closed parallel stance facing north. Both hands should be fists high against the ribs, loaded for a double punch.
  28. Step to the northwest with the left foot into a Left Front Stance and execute a double punch, left fist low and right fist high.
  29. Move the left foot back into a left foot forward Cat Leg Stance facing the northwest and execute a Left Knifehand Block with the block loaded from the bottom. Then execute a Left Down Block, Right Middle Thrust, Right Down Block, and Left Middle Thrust.
  30. Moving the right foot into a northeast facing Cat Leg Stance with the right foot forward, execute a Right Knifehand Block with the block loaded from the bottom. Then execute a Right Down Block, Left Middle Thrust, Left Down Block, and Right Middle Thrust.
  31. Move the right foot back into Yoi Tachi.
  32. Move left foot to Musubi Tachi with a Right Fist to Left Knifehand bow.