heian nidan

heian nidan, number two ('ni') of the five heians, also follows the embusen of kihon kata and heian shodan. the knife-hand block and back stance is much more prominent in this kata, and the concept of reverse hips (gyaku-hanmi) is introduced. in general, the hips are emphasised in generating power. the kata introduces the back-fist uraken strike, the snapping side kick yoko-geri keage and the spear-hand strike nukite.

important points for heian nidan:
- correct posture for back stance
- finishing the knife-hand block
- maintaining level posture in gyaku-hanmi stance
- correct weight distribution in back stance
- maintaining the correct (low) height throughout

the video below shows some of these important points, and illustrates common mistakes.

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