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normrobitza On August - 23 - 2013

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERATekki is a kata that is looked at by many as a transitional kata from colored belt to brown belt. We spend only a few months working on Tekki while we prepare for our brown belt test. This is an important kata but we have forgotten about it’s history. The kata has become something that many, myself included, have grown to dislike. The fact is Tekki was one of the main katas before Anko Itosu invented the Heians.

Itosu, one of Funakoshi’s instructors, created Heian Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan and Godan when karate became part of the primary school program. These katas were developed to be simple forms to teach those who were learning karate for school credits. KeepĀ  it simple and karate would grown in the region and it did.

Before the 5 Heian katas were created, Tekki was practices for more than 3 years. It was the first kata taught in Shuri te (the forefather of Shotokan). The original Tekki was not performed in Kiba dachi. Instead a higher stance called naihanchi was used. When Funakoshi took karate to Japan, the stance became lower.

Many believe this kata is designed to defend in an alley or along a hedge. There is no turning in Tekki. You go to your right then to your left. Tekki Shodan has perfect symmetry. The first half of the kata is performed going to the right. The karate ka then twists her torso to the left and repeats the techniques in that direction. But like most katas, this is just a guide. The technique can be performed in any direction in a self defense situation. The International Karate Daigaku wants its students to not deviate more than 10% from the traditional kata but in a real life situation, don’t think that you can not use the techniques from Tekki.

It is time to look at this kata again and appreciate it for its true history. Tekki is not some transitional kata to forget about once you achieve your brown belt. Let’s elevate it back to the place that it deserves, a place of honor!


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  1. Ben says:

    It truly is a great kata. Unfortunately it is surrounded by weird misconceptions:

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