Chito Ryu Karate : Kata

It is through kata that the student can realize his or her full potential without having to check or control his blows. When you watch a kata demonstration you will see Karate in its purest form - a demonstration that truly combines the mind and the body elevates the practice of karate into an art.
Kata are pre-arranged forms where the Karateka uses Karate techniques against imaginary multiple opponents. By practicing katas, the karateka develops not only fighting techniques but also fighting spirit. In kata the total performance must be visualized; the imaginary opponents must be made real and each technique carried out with an intensity and commitment that demonstrates one hundred percent effort.

Sensei Ed Docherty in competition.

Chito Ryu Karate training is based on Kihon (basics), Kata (forms), Kumite (fighting) practice. Its basic Kata are Shiho-Hai, Niseishi, Seisan, Rohai, Bassai and Chinto. Its main stances are seisan dachi, shiko-dachi, kosa-dachi, uchi-hachiji-dachi and sanchin-dachi.

Chito Ryu possesses martial arts techniques which balance the strengths and weaknesses of Naha-te and Shuri-te; both originating from martial arts of the To (T'ang) Dynasty in ancient China, incorporating its Kata and developed in Okinawa, and is based on physiological/surgical medicine.

Chito Ryu Kata    

This is a kata originally performed at dynastical occasions during the Ryukyu Dynasty age. In this kata all quarters are saluted and this action is of very great significance. One dodges an attack and strikes the opponent with an elbow.


This is a basic training kata learned before the form Sanchin. Dr. Chitose altered the breathing and posture in this kata handed down from old times so that when it is practiced it would produce a healthier body.

This is a very hard kata which demonstrates the breaking of an object into pieces. In this kata a nukite attack is performed after contemplation and one develops many strong attack and defense techniques.  

When surrounded, in this kata one attacks the enemy by going ahead. This kata is learned to acquire correct posture. There are several modifications of this form in Naha and Shuri (areas of Okinawa). The kata in Naha is hard and in Shuri it is soft. Different features of this kata are seen in different districts.
  Soke Sensei, Head of Chito Ryu Karate, demonstrates a kata at the opening ceremonies of the Soke Cup competition in Kumamoto Japan.

This kata consists of agile motions of turning, expanding and contracting. It features quick counter-attack movements with a knife-hand and Nukite attack against the enemies attack. This kata is named after the Tang people. There are two versions of Rohai taught in Chito Ryu - Rohai Sho and Rohai Dai.

In this kata one learns counter-attack agility against enemies. The form is composed of defense techniques which flow in a beautiful stream of movement. It is said that this kata was created in the eastern district during the Tang age of ancient China.

This kata consists of dodging the enemies attack by turning one's body with overpowering force, then changing over to a counter-attack. This form features movements of turning in all directions assuming a cross-stance using the left leg as the axis.  

This kata depicts a dragon climbing the mountain and the sky. This kata symbolizes both a flying dragon (the shape of a flying dragon in the sky) and that of a cloud dragon climbing up into the sky.

This kata is designed as a strong defense. It has been handed down in Okinawa from the old times. Many predecessors have tried to master this kata.  

This kata illustrates an attack-and-defense in the darkness of night. This kata is named after a Tang warrior, Kusanku, and variations of this kata exist in different districts.

In this kata one assumes the posture of attack and defense with horns against enemies in all quarters.  

This is an intense training kata which only the experts can do well. Through its practice one develops a strong body which is always prepared and is not the least affected if hit by an enemy.  
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