August 2020

“ ‘To storm a castle and capture the enemy’. By the powerful, energetic and determined execution of this Kata, the performer demonstrates his total physical and spiritual commitment to storming the castle of his enemy, and capturing him. The impression created by the performance of the Kata must be one of such dynamic power, spiritual strength and unshakable resolve, that the fall of the castle becomes inevitable, and further resistance useless. Bassai Sho contains many offensive and defensive techniques, and is especially effective in teaching defense against a staff or similar weapon.”*

Sekiguchi Sensei performed Bassai Sho in 2008, at the age of 60.

*Shotokan Advanced Kata, Volume 2 by Keinosuke Enoeda, page 8