Shannon Shotokan Karate Ishiryokukai shared Shotokan Karate Page’s video. January 11 ·. Beautiful kata – Unsu. 39, Views. Shotokan Karate Page. Unsu (or Unshu in Okinawan) is one of three Shotokan kata that can be traced back to Seisho Aragaki. Indeed, Unsu possesses certain techniques characteristic.

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Indeed, Unsu possesses certain techniques characteristic of an “Aragaki kata” such as teisho-awase-zuki in sanchin-dachithe tenchi heaven and earth lata, and kensei feinting.

Unsu kaga another kata thought to have been derived from an Okinawan folkdance, perhaps paying unsy to the gods Fujin god of the wind and Raijen god of thunder and lightning. It has been said that the kata embodies a storm, with the kata’s techniques symbolizing wind, lightning, tornadoes, etc.

Another school of thought suggests that Unsu originated from one of the Shaolin forms based on the techniques of the dragon one of kung fu’s five animals.

Whatever the origin or philosophy behind the kata, Unsu is truly a magnificent and extremely advanced form, requiring great speed and agility, but above all, explosive power.


Just as clouds perpetually change, Unsu undergoes many transitions, making it one of the most dynamic forms of Shotokan.

Changes in timing are plentiful in this kata, and attacks are thrown to all three levels of the body: Stances also vary from internal stances like neko-ashi-dachi and sanchin-dachito outer tension stances such as fudo-dachizenkutsu-dachiand kiba-dachi. Interestingly enough, it is one of two kata not counting Tekki that doesn’t include kokutsu-dachi.

Ahmed Shawky Egypt Kata Unsu

As one of Shotokan’s most versatile kata, Unsu offers many unprecedented techniques and concepts. At 48 movements, Unsu contains a treasure trove of advanced hand techniques including ippon-nukiteseiryutokeitohaitokenseiuke-zukiand uneu. Unsu’s leg techniques, however, are far more interesting. Kicks found in this kata are executed in an unconventional manner, contrary to normal training practices. The two mawashi-geri kwta the only mawashi-geri found in any Shotokan kata, and they are made while lying down!

Unsū – Wikipedia

Since the karateka must literally fall down to perform these roundhouse kicks, the student must also have a basic understanding of breakfalling. The third unsy is actually a mae-kekomi, a front kick with a thrust instead of a snap, whereby the heel is used rather than the ball of the foot.


Mae-kekomi is rarely if ever practiced in Shotokan, except in this mata. The mika-zuki-gerialthough seen in several other kata, cannot be used to its full potential since it is performed completely in mid-air, with the ushiro-geri never really coming to fruition.

During this movement, the focus is more on the jump than on the kicks. This jump is Unsu’s hallmark and it is also probably the single most difficult technique in all of Shotokan kata. The jump in Kanku Sho should be practiced diligently before any attempt is made to learn the Unsu jump. When done properly, the spinning jump is simply breathtaking, making Unsu a very popular tournament kata.