MEIKYO

       Meikyo is a kata based on one of Yasutsune Itosu's versions of Rohai (Vision of a Heron). Meikyo is most often translated as "Bright Mirror" or "Polished Mirror," perhaps alluding to the beginning of the kata, when the hands are held up in front of one's face as if looking into a mirror. The kata also contains several duplicate, or "mirroring techniques," for example: the opposing directions of the two sets of gedan-barai and oi-zuki; the pair of bo-uke & bo-dori combinations; and the double ura-zuki, which is an example of two identical techniques performed at the same time (in essence, mirroring each other). Meikyo is considered to be a highly advanced kata yet, for the most part, does not involve any effortful techniques. It has 33 counts and matches Wankan for having only one kiai (#32) instead of the normal two (although some karateka have been known to kiai on move #24 as well). Most of the kata's movements consist of beginner and intermediate level techniques. The advanced sankaku-tobi, or "triangle jump," is the kata's trademark and is said to impart spectacular powers to those who understand its true meaning. However, as jumps go in Shotokan, sankaku-tobi is arguably the easiest (not easy) jump to perform. The only other potentially difficult techniques include the odd angle of entry when executing the bo-uke, followed by the twisting of the hips for bo-dori-sonomama.
       Being a more simple and humble kata, Meikyo is not a very popular tournament kata. The true goal of Meikyo lies in the correction of one's most basic techniques to the point of perfection, allowing for a smooth and effortless kata. Often, Meikyo is favored by seasoned veterans of karate since it is not overly strenuous yet it still possesses enough advanced techniques to challenge older and higher level karateka. Meikyo is a kata of self-reflection and introspection, sometimes even being interpreted as meaning "Mirror to the Soul." As karateka mature, they must continually reflect on their technique, searching inward for change and improvement. Looking outward or to others is for beginners.  Having little flair, Meikyo is a kata for those who feel no need to prove themselves. It is not a kata to impress; it is about the self, not others.





















#
Technique
Translation
Stance
Target
Notes
1
ryoken-ryokoshi-kamae

both fists on both hips posture
kiba-dachi
--
slow speed
2
ryosho-kakiwake-uke

both palms wedge block
kiba-dachi
chudan
slow speed
3
gedan-barai

down block
zenkutsu-dachi
gedan

4
oi-zuki

lunge punch
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

5
gedan-barai

down block
zenkutsu-dachi
gedan

6
oi-zuki

lunge punch
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

7
ryosho-bo-uke

both palms stick block
kokutsu-dachi
jodan
slow speed
8
bo-oshikomi

stick push-thrust
fudo-dachi
--
yori-ashi
9
bo-oshikomi-sonomama

stick thrust as is
hizakutsu
(ashi-zenkutsu)
--

10
ryoken-ryokoshi-kamae

both fists on both hips posture
kiba-dachi
--
slow speed
11
gedan-barai

down block
zenkutsu-dachi
gedan

12
oi-zuki

lunge punch
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

13
gedan-barai

down block
zenkutsu-dachi
gedan

14
oi-zuki

lunge punch
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

15
ryosho-bo-uke

both palms stick block
kokutsu-dachi
jodan
slow speed
16
bo-oshikomi

stick push-thrust
fudo-dachi
--
yori-ashi
17
bo-oshikomi-sonomama

stick thrust as is
hizakutsu
(ashi-zenkutsu)
--

18
ryoken-ryokoshi-kamae

both fists on both hips posture
kiba-dachi
--
slow speed
19
uchi-uke

inside block
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

20
oi-zuki

lunge punch
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

21
uchi-uke

inside block
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

22
oi-zuki

lunge punch
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

23
kentsui-uchi-mawashi-uchi

inside hammer-fist strike
kiba-dachi
chudan

24
mikazuki-geri

crescent kick
ashi-dachi
chudan

25
ryoken-kakiwake-uke

both fists wedge block
kokutsu-dachi
gedan

26
haiwan-uke /
zenwan-hitae-kamae
back of arm block /
forearm forehead posture
kokutsu-dachi
jodan
jodan

27
haiwan-uke /
zenwan-hitae-kamae
back of arm block /
forearm forehead posture
kokutsu-dachi
jodan
jodan

28
ryoken-kakiwake-uke

both fists wedge block
zenkutsu-dachi
gedan
slow speed
29
ryoken-kakiwake-uke

both fists wedge block
kokutsu-dachi
chudan

30
ryoken-ura-zuki

both fists inverted punch
kokutsu-dachi
jodan
yori-ashi
31
age-uke

rising block
kokutsu-dachi
jodan
yori-ashi variation
32*
sankaku-tobi / hiji-uchi &
shuto-uke
triangle jump / elbow strike &
knife-hand block
--
kokutsu-dachi
--
chudan

33
shuto-uke

knife-hand block
kokutsu-dachi
chudan