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Seisan
From Shorin Ryu. Emphasizes a straight-forward stance, seiken tzuki blocking, the mae geri, and rapid technique.

Seiuchin
From Goju Ryu. Emphasizes a strong, low stance in which the heels are shoulder-width apart and the feet are pointed out on a 45 angle. It also stresses reinforced blocks and punches, breath control, and powerful techniques.

Naihanchin
From Shorin Ryu. It is known for its "toe-inward" stance (uchi hachiji dachi). Designed for fighting with one's back against a wall or on a ledge. Most movements are performed in a lateral direction.

Wansu
From Shorin Ryu. It is referred to as the "dumping form" because of the throw it contains. The technical term for this throw is kata garuma.

Sanchin
From Goju Ryu. It emphasizes strong technique and breath control. The names means "three battles", and refers to the control of mind, body, and breath during the performance of the kata.

Chinto
From Shorin Ryu.. It derives its name from Master Chinto. This kata emphasizes pivots and fighting on angles. Chinto is one of the most difficult kata to perform while maintaining good balance.

Kusanku
From Shorin Ryu. It derives its name from Master Kusanku. Designed for fighting under conditions with limited light, and teaches evasive techniques.

Sunsu
This is the kata that Master Shimabuku personally developed, and bears his nickname. It is the longest and most difficult kata to perform.