Ten-No-Kata
(The Kata of the Universe)

The five Ten-No-Kata are beginner level katas. The purpose of the Ten-No-Kata is to help the student learn to move in a front stance, to learn to synchronize breathing with movements, and to learn to coordinate blocking and striking techniques with foot movements.

The five Ten-No-Kata are very basic kata that are designed to be basic skill drills more than fighting drills. Even so, proficiency with even such simple kata is vital to a student's progress as all advanced kata will build on these basic skills. A student can use these drills to enhance their conditioning, endurance, power, balance, and speed.

Ten-No-Kata Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, and Yondan help to teach basic blocks. Ten-No-Kata Godan is an exceptional kata for teaching students how to develop body torque power in their punches.

Ten-No-Kata Shodan (originally just Ten-No-Kata) was taught by Grandmaster Albert C. Church as part of his Kamishin Ryu Karate Do system, although I have ever-so-slightly simplified it by keeping all punches at solar plexus height (the original form had the end punches at face height).

Ten-No-Kata Nidan through Godan are my own simple extensions of the original form. Ten-No-Kata Shodan is very similar to Shotokan Karate's Taikyoku Shodan or the Korean Tae Kwon Do's Ku Choi Il Bu.



Ten-No-Kata Quick Reference Guide
1 Ten-No-Kata Shodan Fist Lower Blocks
2 Ten-No-Kata Nidan Fist Outer Forearm Inner Blocks
3 Ten-No-Kata Sandan Fist Upper Blocks
4 Ten-No-Kata Yondan Fist Inner Forearm Inner Blocks
5 Ten-No-Kata Godan Left/Right (or Right/Left) Alternating Palm Heel Outer Blocks

Note: All punches are middle punches. There is only one Keyii in the kata. Punches on the way back up the middle are Fist Reverse Side Middle Thrusts.



Ten-No-Kata Shodan
(Shodan is pronounced "Show-dawn")
  1. Right Fist-to-Left Knifehand Bow from Musubi Tachi. Move left foot to Yoi Tachi.
  2. Step left foot to Left Front Stance facing northwest and execute a Left Fist Lower Block.
  3. Step forward into Right Front Stance and execute a Right Fist Same Side Middle Thrust.
  4. Moving right foot, step to northeast into a Right Front Stance and execute a Right Fist Lower Block.
  5. Step forward into Left Front Stance and execute a Left Fist Same Side Middle Thrust.
  6. Move left foot to north into a Left Front Stance and execute a Left Fist Lower Block.
  7. Step forward into Right Front Stance and execute a Right Fist Same Side Middle Thrust.
  8. Step forward into Left Front Stance and execute a Left Fist Same Side Middle Thrust.
  9. Step forward into Right Front Stance and execute a Right Fist Same Side Middle Thrust and Keyii.
  10. Moving left foot, turn counterclockwise into a southeast facing Left Front Stance and execute a Left Fist Lower Block.
  11. Step forward into a Right Front Stance and execute a Right Fist Same Side Middle Thrust.
  12. Moving right foot, turn clockwise into a southwest facing Right Front Stance and execute a Right Fist Lower Block.
  13. Step forward into a Left Front Stance and execute a Left Fist Same Side Middle Thrust.
  14. Move left foot counterclockwise into a south facing Left Front Stance and execute a Left Fist Lower Block + Right Fist Reverse Side Middle Thrust.
  15. Step forward into a Right Front Stance and execute a Left Fist Reverse Side Middle Thrust.
  16. Step forward into a Left Front Stance and execute a Right Fist Reverse Side Middle Thrust.
  17. Step forward into a Right Front Stance and execute a Left Fist Reverse Side Middle Thrust.
  18. Move left foot, turn counterclockwise into a northwest facing Left Front Stance and execute a Left Fist Lower Block.
  19. Step forward into a Right Front Stance and execute a Right Fist Middle Thrust.
  20. Moving right foot, turn clockwise into a northeast facing Right Front Stance and execute a Right Fist Lower Block.
  21. Step forward into a Left Front Stance and execute a Left Fist Middle Thrust.
  22. Step left foot back to Yoi Tachi.
  23. Move left foot to Musubi Tachi with a Right Fist to Left Knifehand bow.



Ten-No-Kata Nidan (Nidan is pronounced "Nee-dawn")

Same as Shodan, except replace all Fist Lower Blocks with Fist Outer Forearm Blocks.

Ten-No-Kata Sandan (Sandan is pronounced "Sawn-dawn")

Same as Shodan, except replace all Fist Lower Blocks with Fist Upper Inner Blocks.

Ten-No-Kata Yondan (Yondan is pronounced "Yawn-dawn")

Same as Shodan, except replace all Fist Lower Blocks with Fist Inner Forearm Inner Blocks.

Ten-No-Kata Godan (Godan is pronounced "Go-dawn")

Same as Shodan, except replace all Fist Lower Blocks with Left/Right (or Right/Left, depending on stance) Palm Heel Outer Middle Blocks. Note that the first of the Palm Heel Blocks directly replaces the Fist Lower Block of Ten-No-Kata Shodan, while the 2nd Palm Heel Block should be combined with the following Fist Middle Thrust. This combination of movements encourages the practitioner to twist the body, thereby generating large amounts of body torque power for the Fist Middle Thrusts.