Heian Yondan (Peaceful form, fourth level)
Original name: Pinan Yondan (peaceful form/safe from harm, fourth level)

Heian Yondan introduces a few more challenging techniques into the karate practitioners arsenal, including several double-handed techniques, building on some of the sequences introduced from Heian Nidan.

jodan shuto uchi
kakiwake uke


The five Pinan kata (shodan to godan) were created in about 1904 by Yasutsune Itosu and formed the basis of karate as it was introduced into the school system on Okinawa, not long after the martial art emerged from being taught in secret.

It is not clear whether Itosu created the set from scratch, adapting some of the sequences from more advanced kata, or, as some traditions dictate, he took a longer and older kata, called Channan (or Chiang Nan), and broke it up into five shorter forms.

When Gichin Funakoshi introduced karate on to the Japanese mainland he changed the Chinese-sounding Pinan to the more Japanese Heian, from the phrase heiwa antei, meaning peace and calm, signifying that mastery of these kata would give the practitioner peace of mind if having to defend themselves. ~ GE