The kata Nijū shi ho was originally called Nīsēshi.

This name has been retained by the Shōrin-ryū and Shitō-ryū schools, while in the Wadō-ryū, as in the Shōtōkan, it is now called Nijū shi ho.
The name (translated as "24 steps") indicates the number of steps in this kata.
The first defense provides for an empi uchi as the final technique. Apart from a horizontal attack with the elbow, this movement can also be seen as a lever, pressing the left elbow under the shoulder joint of the opponent and at the same time grasping his wrist with the right hand and pulling it down.

The last technique offers several interpretations. The defense of a fist punch attack with the right hand, preparing immediately afterwards the counterattack with both hands on the body and finishing with a double technique. Or a choke attempt is blocked in time before the grab takes place. The opponent is pressed on both arms so that they are crossed and by rotating the arms a little off balance and then countered.

Nijū shi ho includes sophisticated techniques, some of which teach close combat: various empi uchi, sliding into the opponent's guard and - depending on the interpretation - various leverage and throwing techniques.

Also various required rhythms make the kata very interesting.
Traditionally, the two yoko geri Chūdan are performed. However, for aesthetic reasons, today they are mostly practiced Jōdan, especially at competitions.

Duration: about 60 seconds

Here you will find all information about the techniques in the video