Heian Nidan

Performed in Competition

Heian Nidan, the second Heian Kata, has 26 movements and the embusen is almost I-shaped.

This kata uses the same floor pattern as Taikyoku Shodan and Heian Shodan, but utilises a wider variety of techniques. Some of the new techniques include the front kick, side kick, brace block and spear hand. The complexity of Heian Nidan is much greater than the first two Katas taught in Shōtōkan Karate, and therefore hundreds of executions of the Kata are required before a student can become proficient.