SOCHIN

   Sochin is most commonly interpreted as "Strength and Calm" or "Energetic Calm." The translations of "Preserve the Peace," or even "Peacekeeper," are also sometimes used. Sochin is a very bold and sturdy kata, marked by a commanding physical and spiritual strength. It is generally considered as a Seisho Aragaki kata. Of the three Aragaki kata practiced in Shotokan, Sochin is by far the most grounded. This is due primarily to the fact that the kata relies heavily on the use of fudo-dachi, or "immovable stance," to such a degree that the stance became nicknamed sochin-dachi. Also known as "rooted stance," fudo-dachi is probably the most stable of stances and is very tough on the thigh muscles.  As such, Sochin is often practiced to train the legs. Although not the flashiest of kata, it is one of the most popular among Shotokan enthusiasts, especially at tournaments. The kata contains several slow, powerful techniques that must be executed with unwavering confidence and with proper muscle contraction and expansion. The student must project an imposing presence, instilling awe and trepidation in the enemy, allowing the karateka to utterly overwhelm the opponent with superior technique and an indomitable spirit.
   The most notable technique in Sochin (aside from the fudo-dachi) is the muso-kamae (incomparable posture), Sochin's trademark. One of the more graceful and intriguing kata techniques, muso-kamae is a combination of rising block and down block, and when performed correctly, it is truly awesome. Other techniques of interest include kizami-mae-geri, yoko-nukite, naiwan-hineri-uke, and jodan-mikazuki-geri, all of which are exclusive to Sochin. Interestingly enough, Gichin Funakoshi tried to change the kata's name from Sochin to Hakko (Eight Storms). However, this name never caught on and was eventually abandoned. The revised JKA version of Sochin has 41 counts, with the kiai on #30 and #41 (Best Karate #10 40 counts, kiai on #28 and #40).





#
Technique
Translation
Stance
Target
Notes
1
muso-kamae
(age-uke / gedan-uke)
incomparable posture
(rising block / down block)
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
jodan
gedan
slow speed
2
tate-shuto-uke

vertical knife-hand block
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan
slow speed
3
tsuki

punch
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan

4
gyaku-zuki

reverse punch
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan

5
manji-uke
(uchi-uke / gedan-uke)
swirling block
(inside block / down block)
kokutsu-dachi
jodan
gedan

6
muso-kamae
(age-uke / gedan-uke)
incomparable posture
(rising block / down block)
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
jodan
gedan

7
tate-shuto-uke

vertical knife-hand block
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan
slow speed
8
tsuki

punch
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan

9
gyaku-zuki

reverse punch
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan

10
manji-uke
(uchi-uke / gedan-uke)
swirling block
(inside block / down block)
kokutsu-dachi
jodan
gedan

11
muso-kamae
(age-uke / gedan-uke)
incomparable posture
(rising block / down block)
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
jodan
gedan

12
tate-shuto-uke

vertical knife-hand block
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan
slow speed
13
tsuki

punch
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan

14
gyaku-zuki

reverse punch
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan

15
ryoken-koshi-kamae

both fists on hip posture
ashi-dachi
--

16
uraken-yoko-mawashi-uchi /
yoko-keage
sideways back-fist strike /
side snap kick
ashi-dachi
jodan
chudan

17
mae-empi-uchi

front elbow strike
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan

18
ryoken-koshi-kamae

both fists on hip posture
ashi-dachi
--

19
uraken-yoko-mawashi-uchi /
yoko-keage
sideways back-fist strike /
side snap kick
ashi-dachi
jodan
chudan

20
mae-empi-uchi

front elbow strike
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan

21
shuto-uke

knife-hand block
kokutsu-dachi
chudan

22
shuto-uke

knife-hand block
kokutsu-dachi
chudan

23
shuto-uke

knife-hand block
kokutsu-dachi
chudan

24
shuto-uke

knife-hand block
kokutsu-dachi
chudan

25
shuto-uke

knife-hand block
kokutsu-dachi
chudan

26
shuto-uke

knife-hand block
kokutsu-dachi
chudan

27
yoko-nukite (hira-nukite) /
osae-uke
sideways (flat) spear-hand /
pressing block
kokutsu-dachi
jodan
chudan
yori-ashi
28
kisami-mae-geri

jabbing front kick
ashi-dachi
chudan

29
mae-geri /
tate-uraken-uchi /
naiwan-hineri-uke
front kick /
vertical back-fist strike / inner-arm twisting block
ashi-dachi

chudan
jodan
jodan
ura-zuki variation
30*
tate-uraken-uchi /
naiwan-hineri-uke
vertical back-fist strike / inner-arm twisting block
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
jodan
jodan
ura-zuki variation
31
mikazuki-geri /
muso-kamae
crescent (half-moon) kick /
incomparable posture
ashi-dachi
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
jodan
jodan
gedan
slow muso-kamae
variation
32
uchi-uke

inside block
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan

33
oi-zuki

lunge punch
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan

34
uchi-uke

inside block
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan

35
oi-zuki

lunge punch
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan

36
uchi-uke

inside block
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan

37
uchi-uke

inside block
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan
gyaku-hanmi
38
mae-geri

front kick
ashi-dachi
chudan

39
tsuki (yumi-zuki)

punch (bow punch)
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan
slow speed
40
gyaku-zuki

reverse punch
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan

41*
tsuki

punch
fudo-dachi
(sochin-dachi)
chudan