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Taikyoku Shodan

Taikyoku Shodan: A Schematic Diagram

Taikyoku Shodan is the first formal kata that must be learned in Shotokan Karate. The figure below is a diagram of the movements involved in this kata. The numbers refer to the sequence of movements, the circle defines the center of the kata, the black dots correspond to the location of the body at the end of each successive movement, and the feet mark the starting and ending position of the kata.


  • All turns are toward the center.
  • Right foot in front on steps 8, 16, and 20.
  • Kiai on steps 8, 16, and 20.

Taikyoku Shodan