Heian Yondan

The fourth level in the Heian series, Heian Yondan has 27 movements and the embusen is almost I-shaped.

This Kata has many similarities to Heian Nidan. The Kata’s primary stance is kokutsu-dachi (back stance), but students first learning this Kata must also contend with the new kosa-dachi, a cross stance that is quite awkward for most Karateka. Heian Yondan introduces the student to many new techniques such as kosa-uke, shuto-uchi, kakiwake-uke, mae-empi, and hiza-tsuchi.