Often referred to as the easiest of the Pinan, it is one of the hardest to do. The movements are so clean, so basic, so fundamental, that there is nowhere to hide from that what you should be working on.
“Easy To Learn, Hard To Master”
One of my students can pronounce this sentence masterfully and thats why I hear this quite often in my Dojo. I obviously chose this title as it matches Pinan Nidan 100%. It is quite striking that especially kids say "Sensei, I know this Kata". In fact they mean that they have an idea of the direction and the pattern. This shows exactly how people think about Kata. A student that has more experience understands that the stances and the directios are only the early beginning of Kata.
The form of Pinan Nidan is quite simple, the stances look easy and in the beginning the techniques cannot be called complex either. For beginners it is therefore very easy to learn. For the more experienced Karateka, Pinan Nidan is one of the biggest challenges. The techniques and the movement of this Kata are extremely fundamental and large movements. It is therefore virtually impossible to hide your flaws.
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For years I have been holding myself back from real progress, focussing on stance and foot movement. This particular movement from Pinan Nidan has two important messages: Increase distance and creating power in a manner different from your regular hiptwist.
PS: Don't lift your heel...