Nijushiho

English Translation: Twenty-four Steps, or Moves


Original Okinawan Name: Niseishi


Information: Niju (20) shi (4) ho (steps) is of unknown origin and classified with the group of katas (which includes Unsu and Sochin) traceable to Ankichi Aragaki (1899-1927). Borrowed by Master Funakoshi from the Shito Ryu system of Kenwa Mabuni.


According to the late Sensei Enoeda, the kata is an expression on the nature of water in a stream or river. Sometimes depicting the slow, regal movements of the flowing water; at other times, its strong and swift currents, the contrast of the flow as it navigates around an obstruction.