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Other namesNiseishi, E Sip Sa Bo
Martial artKarate, Tang Soo Do
Place of originOkinawa, Ryukyu Kingdom
Date of creationUnknown

Nijūshiho or Niseishi Nandan sho (二十四歩) (Japanese: Twenty-Four Steps) is an advanced kata practiced in Shotokan, Shitō-ryū, Chito-ryu , Ryūei-ryū Shuri-ryū and Wadō-ryū karate.

The origin of Nijūshiho is unknown, but it is presumed[citation needed] that it originates from the Aragaki group like Sochin and others. This is shown through the similarity to Unsu. In introducing karate from Okinawa to Japan, Gichin Funakoshi changed the name of the kata from Niseishi to Nijūshiho. Both names mean "Twenty-Four Steps."

This kata is also practiced in Tang Soo Do and is called E Sip Sa Bo in Korean. Due to its difficulty, this kata is often reserved for advanced black belt level students. Like its Japanese and Okinawan counterparts, E Sip Sa Bo also translates to “Twenty-Four Steps.”

In Shuri-ryu this kata is taught to students achieving the rank of shodan.[1]

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  1. ^ Trias, Robert. Pinnacle of Karate: Okinawan Karate Methods of Shuri-Ryu. 1992nd ed. Phoenix, AZ: Self Published, 1980. (223)

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