Pinan 2 Practice Instructions
New Paltz Karate Academy, Inc.
This sheet is a guide for students currently studying with New Paltz Karate Academy or associated schools or programs. We also have a DVD set illustrating Pinan 1 & 2, as well as the Isshinryu basics. If you have any questions, please speak to your instructor. ☺
|Moves in sequence||Key-words||Notes|
|1. Step forward left; punch right; look back over right shoulder; elbow strike (right); look back to front & bring right fist back to hip.||Step, punch, elbow.||When you do the elbow strike, pull your hand up high under your armpit, closed in a fist, palm facing up (thumb-side out)|
|2. Straight forward kick 3 times with the right (back) foot.||3 kicks.||Place the foot back down behind you each time.|
|3. Step forward right; punch left; look back over left shoulder; elbow strike (left); look back to front and bring left fist back to hip.||Step, punch, elbow.||See 1|
|4. Straight forward kick 3 times with the left (back) foot. Catch to the right hip; look to the left (90°).||3 kicks, catch & look.||See 2; also, when you catch: Left hand on top.|
|5. Lift the left foot slightly, turn it, & put it back down so that it now faces the side (90°); Pivot on the ball of the right foot to bring the rest of your body around. End up facing the side with your left foot in the front, and feet shoulder-width apart.||Step, pivot.||Hands stay in “catch” the whole time.|
|6. Left hand lower block, & then return to catch; Left hand middle block; From middle block, raise left hand to an open-hand catch at the (right) shoulder (palm up); Left shuto out, 2 hands come back (just like basic #7); Right shuto down (pull left hand to belt in a fist); catch to left hip and look over right shoulder (180°).||Lower block, middle block, out, down, catch & look.||The latter part of this move is exactly like basic # 7 (shuto out, shuto down). When you catch: Right hand on top.|
|7. Cross the right foot behind you and turn on the balls of your feet so that you are facing the opposite direction (180°), and now have the right foot in front, feet shoulder-width apart.||Pivot.||The ball of your foot is the same part you are supposed to hit with in straight forward kick.|
|8. Right hand lower block & then return to catch; Right hand middle block; From middle block, raise the right hand to an open-hand catch at the (left) shoulder (palm up); Right shuto out, left shuto down (pull right hand to belt in fist); Catch to right hip (left hand on top) and look to left side (90°).||Lower block, middle block, out, down, catch & look.||This is the same as #6 above, except with the opposite hands.|
|9. Take 2 big steps, first left foot then right foot, to your left side, turning in that direction. You should now be facing the same direction that you started from, with the left foot in the front. At the same time, left hand does a middle block.||Step step, block.||Make sure you move when you take those steps – don’t just turn your feet in the same place, actually step!|
|10. Pull the left fist back and raise your elbow so that your bent arm is now up next to your left ear. Backfist left, punch right (pull left hand back in to belt when you punch).||Backfist, punch.||The backfist should be aimed at the Nose of somebody standing in front of you who is your height.|
|11. Step forward right, pull right hand up and raise your elbow so that your bent arm is now up to your right ear. Backfist right, punch left & Kiai (pull right fist back in to belt when you punch left).||Step, backfist, punch.||Remember to aim the backfist at the nose.|
|12. Step back with the right foot into heiko-dachi, pull fists in to belt.||Heiko-dach’.||Heiko-dachi is the last move in both the pinans, Not musubi dachi (relax position).|
The word “pinan” (pronounced “Pin-on”) means “peaceful mind”.
Both of our pinans were made up by Mr. Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins was Mr. Levitz’s teacher’s teacher.
Mr. Jenkins also created the martial arts association that we belong to: The American Budo Kai.
Many styles do 5 pinans instead of 2 before students are allowed to start traditional kata, but those 5 are very simple, and usually don’t contain as many moves as our pinans do.
After pinan #2, students begin to learn the first traditional kata that we teach: Seisan kata.
*This sheet is not to be reproduced without express permission of Mr. Levitz.