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Taikyoku Chudan


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Taikyoku means "first course". It is also, according to a translator of the Karate-Do Kyohan, " a philosophical term denoting the macrocosm before its differentiation into heaven and earth: hence, chaos or the void". The translations of the Taikyoku series are as follows:

Taikyoku Gedan - First Course Lower

Taikyoku Chudan - First Course Middle

Taikyoku Jodan - First Course Upper

Taikyoku Mawashi Uke- First Couse Circular Block

Taikyoku Kake Uke - First Course Hooking Block 

Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of the Shotokan style, created the original Taikyoku series. Gogen Yamaguchi included these katas in the Gojukai syllabus modifying them to reflect elements within the Goju style, such as the Shiko Dachi and Sanchin stances.

They all follow the basic "I" pattern, and increase slightly in difficulty as more techniques are added.