Meikyo (Bright Mirror)
Alternative name: Rohai (vision of a crane).

A very neat kata featuring defence against the bo as well as the famous sankaku-tobi, triangular jump.

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History

Rohai originated in the Tomari-te school and was possibly created by Kosaku Matsumora (1829-1898). Anko Itosu created three versions of the kata, Rohai shodan, nidan and sandan. Shotokan's Meikyo contains elements of all three of these (Funakoshi himself can be seen performing this kata in a film of 1932). ~ GE

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