MEIKYO - Polished Mirror
Meikyo is a wonderful blend of the most basic techniques found within the Heian (Peaceful Mind) series of katas. By repeating many of the hand and foot movements on both the left and the right side Meikyo suggests a "reflection" of sorts. Hence, its name means "Polished Mirror". This kata introduces the student to jo-zukami (forward thrust) and sankaku-tobi (three-point triangle jump). This movement is similar in appearance to the circular jump seen in Empi, but this jump in fact has a much different trajectory and purpose, as such it will test the skill level of even the most experienced karate-ka.
This kata contains 33 movements and should take approximately 45 seconds to complete. The correct performance of this kata is required in order to advance from Ni Dan (2nd Dan) to San Dan (3rd Dan). In addition to performing the kata, the student must also demonstrate appropriate bunkai for this kata as a requirement for advancement.
There are two kiai points in Meikyo. The first one occurs on the mika-zuki-geri (crescent kick). The second one occurs on the jodan-soto-uke (upper fore arm strike) which is performed during the sankaku-tobi (three-point triangle jump).
To return to a ready position after the last movement of the kata leave your right foot in place and withdraw your left foot so as to stand up once again facing forward in hachiji-dachi (natural stance). You must now formally end the kata. You do this by bringing your left foot half way in towards your right foot and your right foot half way in towards your left foot so that you are now standing with your feet together. At the same time as you bring your feet together also bring your hands to your sides so you are again standing in heisoku-dachi (attention stance). Now rei (bow). After bowing, step out with your left foot and then your right foot and once again stand in hachiji-dachi (natural stance) while at the same time bringing your hands from your sides and hold them in a ready position in front of you with your fists closed.