Wankan (King's or Emperor's Crown)
Alternative name: Okan, Shofu, Hito, Matsukaze.

The shortest kata in Shotokan, but a satisfying kata, incorporating joint attacks and take-downs.

kakiwake uke


Another kata originating in the Tomari-te school of karate, it is widely practiced in various Shorin Ryu-related styles, with Shotokan again having its own unique form of the kata, possibly introduced by Yoshitaka Funakoshi after his research trip to Okinawa. ~ GE