Heian Ichi (Pinan Nidan)

The Heian Katas are typically taught at an intermediate level between Orange belt (6th Kyu) and Green belt (3rd Kyu). As such these kata emphasize the basic techniques being: basic stances, basic blocking form, basic punching form and basic kicking form. The kata should be practiced at a moderate speed with the practitioner concentrating on executing proper form and movement. At the intermediate level the Budoka should have strong technique with a good level of power. However, power is not the only ingredient and a balance of power, speed and fluidity should be found as with all kata practice. Please note that the Kata is being demonstrated at teaching speed.