Kata of Funakoshi Gichin & Early Shotokan

I originally published this list back in 2013…

Which kata were actually taught by Funakoshi or in the Shotokan dojo? Lets check our handy dandy BOOKS THAT FUNAKOSHI WROTE!!!

Karate Jutsu (~1925): 15 Kata
-Pinan 1-5
-Naihanchi 1-3
-Koshokun
-Passai
-Seishan
-Wanshu
-Jutte
-Chinto
-Jion
(Kata mentioned but not taught: Goju shi ho, Chinte, Jiin, Wandan, Rohai, Jiyunmu, Wandoo, Sochin, Niseishi, Sansei Ryu, Supaunpei, Wankwan, Cokan, Unsu, and Sanshin.)

Karate-Dō: Kyohan (1935 & 1958*): 15 & 19*
-Taikyouku 1-3*
-Heian 1-5 (Pinan)
-Tekki 1-3 (Naihanchi)
-Bassai (Passai)
-Kanku (Koshokun)
-Enpi (Wanshu)
-Gankaku (Chinto)
-Jutte
-Hangetsu (Seishan)
-Jion
-Ten no Kata*
(“Names in use in the past include Pinan, Seishan, Naifanchi, Wanshu, Chinto, and the like…” -Gichin Funakoshi*)

Karate-Dō: Nyumon (1943): 27 Kata**
-Ten no Kata
-Chi no Kata (Gekisai Dai Ichi/ Fukyugata Ni)
-Hito no Kata
-Heian 1-5 (Pinan)
-Tekki 1-3 (Naifanchi)
-Bassai Dai (Passai)
-Bassai Sho
-Kanku Dai (Koshokun)
-Kanku Sho
-Enpi (Wanshu)
-Gankaku (Chinto)
-Jutte
-Hangetsu (Seishan)
-Jion
-Meikyo (Rohai)
-Hakko (Sochin)
-Kiun
-Shōtō (Unsu or Tomari Chinto)
-Shōin
-Hotaku (Gojushiho)
-Shokyō

*Appeared in the 1958 edition but not the original 1935 edition.
**Were documented as, “kata currently being explored at the Shotokan dojo,” according to Funakoshi at the time the book was published.

Published by mattskaratecorner

A martial arts student and instructor. A school teacher and researcher. A curmudgeon with a lot on his mind.

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