Translation: “Iron Horse (Level I)”
# Moves: 29
This is the first kata students will learn that has a different kamae or “starting position” – feet together, hands overlapping out in front of the belt, (left hand on top). This kata is also unique because of its embusen – it’s line of attack is linear and you must start and end in the same spot. It is one of the best kata for embusen training.
The majority of the karate techniques in Tekki Shodan are executeded in Kiba dachi (horse riding stance). There are two kiai points in the kata: the first one occurs to the left side on the first ni-yoko-chudan zuki (double middle level side punch), this occurs half way through the kata at the extreme left hand end of the embusen (line of attack), and the second one occurs to the right side on the second ni-yoko-chudan-zuki (double middle level side punch), at the extreme right end of the embusen (line of attack), which also happens to be the last movement of the kata. This kata contains 29 movements and should take the student approximately 45 seconds to complete, to finish the kata from the last movement, leave your left foot in place and draw your right foot to your left foot, and finish with your hands to the front of you so you are now in the yoi (ready) position identical to the start of the kata, now bring your hands to your sides and stand in heisoku-dachi (attention stance), rei (bow), now step out with your left foot, then your right foot and stand once again in hachiji-dachi (natural stance).
Some of the key moves are:
Kiba-dachi (horse stance)
Heisoku-dachi (attention stance)
Ni-yoko-chudan tzuki (double middle level side punch)
Nami-gaeshi (returning wave kick)
Haishu-uke (back hand block)
Mawashi-empi (elbow strike)
The majority of the karate techniques in Tekki Shodan are executeded in Kiba dachi (horse riding stance) – they are small strikes and blocks, therefore, generating speed and power, can be difficult. Karate moves such as kage tzuki (hook punch), mawashi empi (round elbow) and gedan barai (downward block), all involve short distance execution, from an awkward stance (kiba dachi).
To be performed correctly, Tekki shodan requires strong legs and hips, as all the techniques in this karate kata are short and require power from the legs and hips. With correct and continued Tekki Shodan training, the legs and hips become very strong and the ability to strike at close range improves dramatically.