(Moving from 2nd Green Belt to 3rd Green Belt)
Videos of each of the following techniques, along with kata and combination requirements for testing to 9th Kyu, are available at the bottom of the page. Beginning students are discouraged from attempting to learn techniques, drills or forms from this page; allow your instructors to teach you first. These resources are placed here as additional tools, not as a primary source of learning.
4th Kyu Terminology
Renshi Darby is shown here doing Sei-San. Known in some styles by its original name 'Hangetsu', this is one of the oldest katas in traditional Japanese karate, traced back as much as 350 years. Sei-San means '13 steps' or '13 hands' depending on which version of its history you follow. Sei-San is the longest of the kyu-belt katas and a favorite of students for use in competitions. There are several elements and techniques in Sei-San that the practitioner may not have seen or used before. Of note are the slow, focused circular Chudan Uchi Ukes, the Kumada (Bear Hand) grabs, and the Ushiro Gedan Yoko Geris. Another element of this kata is the pronounced changes in pace, something that was first introduced in Zenshin-kotai. Because of the alterations in speed and the physical strength required to perform some of the techniques, this kata can be very exhausting. However, it is highly versatile and the techniques, once properly learned, are effective.