Gojushiho Dai

English Translation: Fifty-four Moves, or 'Woodpecker Tapping A Tree'


Original Okinawan Name: Useichi


Information: Funakoshi Sensei tried to rename these kata to Hotaku (woodpecker) but like Sochin and Ji'in, the older name ended up being used. Both kata are believed to have been created by Sokon Matsumura - there is a legend that the Gojushiho katas were to be his finest and final creation, the last kata in his system of Tode.