Heian Godan

Heian Godan Performed in Competition

The Pinan (平安) or Heian kata are a series of five empty hand forms taught in many karate styles. The Pinan kata originated in Okinawa and were adapted by Anko Itosu from older kata such as Kusanku and Channan into forms suitable for teaching karate to young students.

Heian Godan is the last Kata in the Heian series and has 23 movements and the embusen is almost T-shaped.

A combination of quick and slow movements, timing skill and fluidity of motion are essential for this Kata. It is the first Shotokan kata containing a jump (tobi-komi), a very exciting technique for beginner and intermediate karateka. Mikazuki-geri is also first seen in H5. The mizu-nagare-kamae at the beginning of the Kata and the shuto-uchikomi/manji-uke combo at the end are extremely vital for proper Kata performance. Bunkai for H5 involve many throws, locks, and takedowns.