Shotokan Karate Kata
Bassai Dai , literally translates "To Storm a Castle, major" or "To Penetrate a Fortress, major" is a
kata practiced in Shotokan karate and is one of many variations of the Passai kata. There are two
Bassai kata, the other one being Bassai sho, and although the "Sho" translates to "minor", it is
taught after Bassai Dai.
Bassai Dai is characterised by repeated changing of the blocking
arms to represent the feeling of shifting from a disadvantageous
position to an advantageous one and repeated attacks such as the
three consecutive yama zuki represent penetrating a strong
defence. Bassai Dai is usually classed as an intermediate kata and
is generally first taught to karateka at 3rd kyu (brown belt) and in
some Shotokan federations is allowed to be performed as a grading
kata as far as 1st dan (black belt).
Master Gichin Funakoshi studied the Passai (original name for
Bassai) kata under Master Anko Itosu (pictured). Master
Funakoshi then made some changes, mainly lengthening the
stances and took the new Bassai kata to mainland Japan.
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Master Gichin Funakoshi
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Left hand wraps around
the right fist.Left thumb
placed in the top of the right
fist, next to the right thumb.
Lift the right knee up and For this demonstration we Moroto uchi uke (augmented