Sochin (Tranquil force)
Alternative name: Hakko (strongly rooted).

This kata features the stance sochin dachi, often more commonly known as fudo dachi - the immoveable stance. It is strong and solid, and a great kata to practice in order to develop a powerful base from which to launch explosive attacks.

muso gamae
tate shuto uke


Sochin was most likely created in the 1930s by Yoshitaka Funakoshi, perhaps taking the earlier Aragaki Sochin as a model (which is Chinese in origin and features neko-ashi dachi). Gichin Funakoshi used the name Hakko for a while, but it did not persist. ~ GE