Kata Hangetsu

Description: Half-Moon. This Kata can be considered to be unique within the Shotokan System. It emphasizes breathing and tension/relaxation like no other Kata. It challenges with Hangetsu Dachi and the inside pressure/tension necessary for this stance. This footwork (Hangetsu Dachi) teaches how to get into the opponents stance to destroy his balance. At the same time one learns how to protect his groin area.

More Information: Important techniques of this Kata are:

Ippon Ken

Shuto Yama Gamae

Morote Shuto Barai

Teisho Awase Uke


Characteristic of this Kata:

Exercise of muscle relaxation & contraction; development of muscles; breathing