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The Taikyoku kata from Taikyoku Jodan to Taikyoku Mawashiuke were created by Gogen Yamaguchi Sensei, the founder of the J.K.G.A. / I.K.G.A. - Beginners first practise Taikyoku Kata before learning Gekisai Dai-Ichi and Gekisai Dai-Ni. The Taikyoku and Gekisai kata are called “Fukyu kata” (Kata for propagation). Taikyoku Jodan is divided into two versions. In Taikyoku Jodan 1, both block and punches are performed in Sanchin Dachi while punches are performed in Zenkutsu dachi. All blocks are Jodan Uke and all punches are Jodan Seiken Tsuki. All steps in the kata are performed quickly. The word “Taikyoku” means the direction of movement. There are 19 movements in Taikyoku Jodan, from “Heiko Dachi Yoi” at the starting position to “Naore”. They all follow the basic “H” or “I” pattern, and increase slightly in difficulty as more techniques are added.

Taikyoku Jodan Ichi 太極上段一  

1. Ipponme 一本目
  1. Step forward with the right foot and shift 90° to the left. - Into Hidari Sanchin Dachi Execute a Hidari Jodan Uke.
  2. Step into Migi Sanchin Dachi and perform Migi Jodan Tsuki
  3. Stepping with the right foot, turn 180° Into Migi Sanchin Dachi and execute a Migi Jodan Uke
  4. Step into Hidari Sanchin Dachi and perform Hidari Jodan Tsuki.
     
2. Nihonme 二本目
  5. Stepping with the left foot, turn 90° to the left into Hidari Sanchin Dachi, facing the direction of Shomen, and perform a Hidari Jodan Uke.
  6. Step over into Migi Sanchin Dachi, punching Migi Jodan Tsuki.
  7. Step over into Hidari Sanchin Dachi, punching Hidari Jodan Tsuki.
  8. Step over into Migi Sanchin Dachi, punching Migi Jodan Tsuki. (Kiai on the last punch).
     
3. Sanbonme 三本目
  9. Stepping with the left foot, turn 270° to the left and into Hidari Sanchin Dachi and execute a Hidari Jodan Uke.
  10. Step into Migi Sanchin Dachi and perform Migi Jodan Tsuki.
  11. Stepping with the right foot, turn 180° , Into Migi Sanchin Dachi and execute a Migi Jodan Uke.
  12. Step into Hidari Sanchin Dachi and perform Hidari Jodan Tsuki.
     
4. Yonhonme 四本目
  13. Stepping with the left foot, turn 90° to the left into Hidari Sanchin Dachi, facing the direction of Ushiro Jomen, and perform a Hidari Jodan Uke.
  14. Step over into Migi Sanchin Dachi, punching Migi Jodan Tsuki.
  15. Step over into Hidari Sanchin Dachi, punching Hidari Jodan Tsuki.
  16. Step over into Migi Sanchin Dachi, punching Migi Jodan Tsuki. (Kiai on the last punch).
     
5. Gohonme 五本目
  17. Stepping with the left foot, turn 270° to the left and into Hidari Sanchin Dachi and execute a Hidari Jodan Uke.
  18. Step into Migi Sanchin Dachi and perform an Migi Jodan Tsuki
  19. Step back with the right foot and turn 90° to the right into Migi Sanchin Dachi and perform a Migi Jodan Uke. (With Muchimi).
     
Naorre

 

Taikyoku Jodan Ni 太極上段二 

1. Ipponme 一本目
  1. Step forward with the right foot and shift 90° to the left. - Into Hidari Sanchin Dachi Execute a Hidari Jodan Uke.
  2. Step into Migi Zenkutsu Dachi and perform Migi Jodan Tsuki
  3. Stepping with the right foot, turn 180° Into Migi Sanchin Dachi and execute a Migi Jodan Uke
  4. Step into Hidari Zenkutsu Dachi and perform Hidari Jodan Tsuki.
     
2. Nihonme 二本目
  5. Stepping with the left foot, turn 90° to the left into Hidari Sanchin Dachi, facing the direction of Shomen, and perform a Hidari Jodan Uke.
  6. Step over into Migi Zenkutsu Dachi, punching Migi Jodan Tsuki.
  7. Step over into Hidari Zenkutsu Dachi, punching Hidari Jodan Tsuki.
  8. Step over into Migi Zenkutsu Dachi, punching Migi Jodan Tsuki. (Kiai on the last punch).
     
3. Sanbonme 三本目
  9. Stepping with the left foot, turn 270° to the left and into Hidari Sanchin Dachi and execute a Hidari Jodan Uke.
  10. Step into Migi Zenkutsu Dachi and perform Migi Jodan Tsuki.
  11. Stepping with the right foot, turn 180° , Into Migi Sanchin Dachi and execute a Migi Jodan Uke.
  12. Step into Hidari Zenkutsu Dachi and perform Hidari Jodan Tsuki.
     
4. Yonhonme 四本目
  13. Stepping with the left foot, turn 90° to the left into Hidari Sanchin Dachi, facing the direction of Ushiro Jomen, and perform a Hidari Jodan Uke.
  14. Step over into Migi Zenkutsu Dachi, punching Migi Jodan Tsuki.
  15. Step over into Hidari Zenkutsu Dachi, punching Hidari Jodan Tsuki.
  16. Step over into Migi Zenkutsu Dachi, punching Migi Jodan Tsuki. (Kiai on the last punch)
     
5. Gohonme 五本目
  17. Stepping with the left foot, turn 270° to the left and into Hidari Sanchin Dachi and execute a Hidari Jodan Uke.
  18. Step into Migi Zenkutsu Dachi and perform an Migi Jodan Tsuki
  19. Step back with the right foot and turn 90° to the right into Migi Sanchin Dachi and perform a Migi Jodan Uke. (With Muchimi).
     
Naorre

 

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