- TEKKI NI DAN – “Iron Horse Number Two”
- The second kata of the Tekki series katas Tekki Ni Dan introduces several new techniques such as morote-gedan-soto-uke (lower level augmented outward inside block), as well as the opposite technique, a morote-gedan-uchi-uke (lower level augmented inside outward block). Once a student has familiarized themselves thoroughly with Tekki Sho Dan they can begin to learn Tekki Ni Dan which they will discover offers a whole new set of challenges, while still maintaining some of the techniques familiar to them from Tekki Sho Dan. As I have stated earlier, it is believed that the threeTekki katas we know today were once one single, continuous kata, which was ultimately broken down for ease of teaching by Gichin Funakoshi sensei’s teacher, Master Itosu. Tekki Nidan represents the “middle” portion of this series.There are two kiai points in Tekki Ni Dan , the first one occurs half way through the kata on the first morote-shita-zuki (augmented upper level inverted punch), on the right side of the body, and the second one occurs on the last movement of the kata, also a morote-shita-zuki (augmented upper level inverted punch), only this time on the left side of the body. This kata contains 21 movements and should take the student 45 seconds to complete. To finish the kata from the last movement, leave your left foot in place and withdrawing your right foot stand up and face forward in a hachiji-dachi (natural stance), now bring your left foot half way in towards your right foot, and your right foot half way in towards your left foot, and at the same time bring your hands to your sides, now standing in heisoku-dachi (attention stance), rei (bow), now step out with your left foot, then your right foot and stand once again inhachiji-dachi (natural stance).
Number of moves 24
1st Kia movement 16
2nd Kia movement 24