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The Essential Curriculum of Shito Ryu Karate Do

The original Shito Ryu curriculum as devised by Mabuni Kenwa in the late 1920's is presented below. This curriculum remained unknown to the general public until 1995 when Mabuni Kenzo presented it to his newly acquired students during his month long stay in New York and Massachusetts. With the invaluable assistance of a Japanese student attending the University of New York at Albany, Sensei's Dudley Moon and Gary McGuinness translated the contents of the curriculum into English as accurately and meaningful as possible. This translation is contained below.

Hand & Foot Weapons | Stances | Thrusting Techniques | Striking Techniques | Leg Techniques
Upper Level Blocking | Middle Level Blocking | Lower Level Blocking | Special Training Concepts

Hand and Foot Weapons
Seiken
Dai Ken To
Sho Ken To
Kentsui
Uraken
Nukite
Shuto
Shotei
Ippon Ken
Shuho
Haito
Yubi Hasami
Hira Basami
Kote
Koken or Ko
Hiji
Hiza
Kakato
Haisoku
Josokute
Kasokutei
Sokuto

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Knuckle (fore) fist
Large knuckles of hand
Second knuckles of hand
Hammerfist
Backfist
Spearhand
Sword (knife) hand
Palm heel
One knuckle, one point fist
Mountain hand (back two knuckles of a peaked hand)
Inverted sword hand (ridge hand)
Thumb and forefinger scissors
Full hand scissors
Back of hand/forearm
Wrist
Elbow
Knee
Back of heel
Instep
Ball of foot
Heel
Outer edge of foot

Stances
Heisoku Dachi
Musubi Dachi
Heiko Dachi
Hajichi Dachi
Naihanchin Dachi
Shiko Dachi
Moto Dachi
Zenkutsu Dachi
Sanchin Dachi
Kokutsu Dachi
Nekoashi Dachi
Renoji Dachi
Kosa Dachi
Sagiashi Dachi

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Feet together, close-toed stance
Feet together, open-toed stance
Parallel stance
Outer figure eight stance
Inner figure eight stance
Sumo (side facing, square) stance
Forward parallel stance
Forward (long) stance
Inward tension stance (Hour glass stance)
Back (bent leg) stance
Cat feet stance
Tilted 'V' stance (standing cat stance)
Crossed leg stance
Crane stance

Thrusting Techniques
Seiken Tsuki
Tateken Tsuki
Uraken Tsuki
Hiraken Tsuki
Morote Tsuki
Age Tsuki
Furi Tsuki
Wa Tsuki
Ipponken
Nukite
Kagi Tsuki

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Forefist thrust
Vertical forefist thrust
Inverted forefist thrust
Four knuckle thrust (leopard punch)
Two arm, two level thrust
Rising thrust
Round house thrust
Two arm, horizontal circle thrust
One knuckle thrust
Spear hand
Hook punch

Stiking Techniques
Shuto Uchi
Kentsui Uchi
Uraken Uchi
Haito
Shuho
Hijiate

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Sword hand (knife edge) strike
Bottom fist strike (hammer fist)
Back knuckle strike
Inverted sword hand (ridge hand)
Mountain hand (back knuckles of a peaked hand)
Elbow smash

Leg Techniques
Heisoku Geri
Chudan Geri
Jodan Geri
Hiza Geri
Fumioroshi or Fumikomi Geri
Sokuto Geri
Yoko Geri
Mawashi Geri
Kakato Geri
Hizagaeshi
Josokutei
Kasokutei

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Instep kick
Ball of foot forward, middle area kick
Ball of foot forward, upper area kick
Knee kick
Toe stomping kick
Side, knife edge, lower area (knee level) kick
Side, knife edge, middle area kick
Roundhouse, instep, middle area kick
Heel back rising kick
Knee sweeping across kick
Ball of the foot
Heel of the foot

Upper Level Blocking Techniques
Age Uke
Yoko Uchi
Uchiotoshi
Yoko Barai
Wa Uke
Tsuki Uke
Kosa Uke


Kote Uke
Sashite
Kara Uke
Ko Uke
Kuri Uke

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Rising block
Forearm inward block
Inside out circle forearm drop block
Forearm outward side parry
Two arm circle block
Thrust block
Crossed arms block
      a. closed hands, palms toward front
      b. open hands, palms away from each other to side
Back of hand block
Inward sweeping palm block
Empty or Void block
Wrist block
Inside out, circle block with knife edge of hand

Middle Level Blocking Techniques
Yoko Uke
Harai Uke
Wa Uke
Kosa Uke
Ninoude Uke
Shotei Barai
Gassho Uke
Ura Uke
Kensasae Uke
Kakete
Hiji Uke
Yoko Uchi
Yoko Barai
Nagashi Uke
Kote Uke
Ko Uke
Sukui Uke
Shuto Uke
Hijisasae Uke
Hirayuki
Kakiwake
Tsukidome
Osae Uke
Mawashi Uke

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Forearm outward side block
Middle area downward parry
Two arm circular block
Crossed arms block (palms downward)
Back of forearm (hirakote) inward block
Palm heel block
Praying hands block
Inverted block (small circle with wrist)
Two hand outward block, open hand support at fist
Hooking hand block
Elbow block
Forearm inward block
Forearm outward side parry
Inward palm sweeping block
Back of hand block
Wrist block
Scooping block
Sword hand block
Two hand outward block, closed fist at elbow
Two hand knife edge pushing block
Wedge block
Withdrawing forearm block (after thrust)
Press block
Circular block

Lower Level Blocking Techniques
Harai Uke
Gedan Barai
Shuto Barai
Ryote Sukui Uke
Katate Sukui Uke
Furisute
Wa Uke
Sukuidome
Kosa Uke
Hizagaeshi

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Downward block (when standing)
Downward parry (when in deep stances)
Sword hand parry
Two hand scooping block
One hand scooping block
Scoop and throw block
Two arm circular block
Scoop and catch block
Crossed arms block
Knee sweeping across block

Special Training Concepts of Shito Ryu Karate

1. Tenshin Happo
Eight Directions of Response

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2. Hijiate Goho Five Direction Elbow Strike Exercise

3. Tenpo Gosoku no Ho Five Methods of Body Shifting
 
Deasi
Hikiashi
Yoriashi
Mawariashi
Tobiashi

stepping straight in
stepping straight back
shuffling
spinning
jumping/springing

4. Uke no Gogensoku Five Methods of Defense

 
Rakka
Ryusui
Teni
Kusshin
Hangeki

pulling or moving the attack downward
moving the attack to the side
body shifting away from the attack
lowering the center of gravity
meeting the attack with a counterattack

5. Kumite Engaging techniques with a partner

Kihon Kumite (Basic Kumite)
  Ippon
Nihon
Sanbon
Hukushiki
Kumite Kata
Single attack, one step
Two predefined attacks, one step
Three predefined attacks, one step
Walking attacks
Practicing applications of kata

Oyo Kumite (Application)
  Hokei
Mawari
Jiyu Ippon
Jiyu
Four attackers
Circle of attackers
Free style, one step
Free style

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