Welcome
TSW Appeal
Editorial
Our Mission
The Team
Our Sponsors
Forum
Interviews
Articles
Book Reviews
DVD Reviews
Course Reports
Website Reviews
Tournament Reviews
Trips to Japan
Instructor Profiles
Beginner's Guide
Beginner's Diaries
Learning Resources
Teaching Resources
Instructor's Diaries
Scientific Study
History of Shotokan
Shotokan Kata
The Dojo Kun
The Niju Kun
Competition Rules
Karate Terminology
Equipment
How to Submit Material
Coming Soon
Contact Us
Mailing List
Online Shop
Paul Herbert 5th Dan
e-mail me


Sochin is one of the strongest, and most physically demanding kata of the Shotokan Syllabus. This kata, despite not being very fancy and overtly showy, it is a very popular kata amongst competitors, and at most competitions you will see many performances of this kata.

Although there is much evidence that this kata was created by Master Aragaki, the Sochin we practice today, formally known as Hakko, seems to be much to the credit of Master Yoshitaka Funakoshi’s influence.

The dominant feature of this kata is the prominence of the stance fudo-dachi, the ‘immovable stance’. Many believe however that the kata should be performed in sochin-dachi, while others believe that fudo-dachi and sochin-dachi are the same thing.

Fudo-dachi, commonly believed to be the most powerful stance in shotokan, is a very rooted stance; with many feeling the stance is deeply rooted to the earth, enabling the karateka to be immovable in the face of danger. With deep and powerfully slow movements, and strong and co-ordinated breathing, you should aim to harmonize the breathing with the action, which helps solder the mind with the technique.