21 Mar
I have had many requests for a listing of my Mokuroku-No Kata. To satisfy the requests and to provide a convenient point of reference, I will post the following which will be subsequently filed in the category entitled Mokuroku No Kata. The catalogue only includes Kata of the Goshin-Do style of Karate-Do. I have had the pleasure of learning several Kata from other styles of Karate-Do and still perform the Kata as a means of remembering the people who shared them with me. However, in the final analysis, the Goshin-Do Karate-Do style is the style that has found a treasured place in my heart. Unless noted, all Kata are derived from the Mokuroku No Kata of the Goshin-Do Karate-Do style of Karate of Shihan Thomas DeFelice, Ku-Dan (9th Degree Black Belt), Menkyo Kaiden. Shihan DeFelcie’s Sensei were Shihan Frank Van Lenten and Shihan Al Gossett. The Mokuroku No Kata for the Black Belt Ranks of San-Dan and Yon-Dan (3rd and 4th Degree Black Belt) was augmented by Sensei John Szmitkowski. The Kata taught at these ranks, as set forth below, are unique to those Yudansha that studied Goshin-Do Karate-Do under the direct tutelage of Sensei Szmitkowski. The Kata are presented according to grade level and will include an interpretive translation of the Kanji for the Kata. Some of the kata have links to my videos on You-tube, most videos feature archival footage of Shihan Frank Van Lenten and my contemporaneous performance of the kata, ALL my performances were filmed outdoors in beautiful natural locations for an aesthetically pleasing viewing experience.

Ju-Kyu (10th grade)

Taikiyoku  – To Build the Body and the Spirit (1)

Ku-Kyu (9th grade)

Dai Nihon Teno  – Great Japan Heavenly Kata (1)

Sanchin  – Three Battles (2)

Hachi-kyu (8th grade)

Teni-Ni-No  – To Rise Above The Common (3)  For a video filmed in a snowstorm please use the following link:

Sichi Kyu (7th grade)

Fuku  – Vice (as in Vice-President) (4)

Gekisai  – To Destroy (4)  Video spanning 1960’s to 2012 (filmed in the last snowstorm of 2012) link:

Kanto  – Fighting Spirit (5) For a video filmed in a New Jersey snowstorm & in the desert of the Superstion Mountains, Arizona, please use this LINK:

Roku-Kyu (6th grade)

Seienchin  – Calm in The Storm, Storm in the Calm, alternative: Walk Far To Quell & Conquer (2)  – Video link:

Go-Kyu (5th grade)

Wansu  – Flying Swallow, alternatives: Dumping Kata & Name of A Chinese Envoy (6)  Video spanning 1960’s to 2012 (filmed in the last snowstorm of 2012) link:

Ananku  – Fight To The South, alternative: Peace from the South (7) – Video link:

Yon-Kyu (4th grade)

Chin-Ni-No  – To Rise Above The Earth (3)

San-Kyu (3rd grade)

Seisan  – 13 Hands (7)  – Video Link:

Ni-Kyu (2nd grade)

Gojushiho  – 54 steps (of the Black Tiger in the White Crane System), alternative name:Useichi – The Phoenix (7)  video (filmed in the snow) Link:

Ik-Kyu (1st grade)

Seipai  – 18 Hands (2) Video 1960-2012 with Seipai in the snow by Sensei John,  Link

Sho-Dan (1st Degree Black Belt)

Chinto  – Fight To The East, alternatives: Name of A Chinese Sailor, & Fight on a narrow bridge (7) — Video  link:

Tensho  – Turning Hand (2)  For a video filmed in a snowstorm for your aesthetic enjoyment, use this Link:

Ni-Dan (2nd Degree Black Belt)

Bo Kata No Sho  – First Bo Kata (5)

Chatan Yara No Sai  – Sai Kata of Yara from Chatan(8)

San-Dan (3rd Degree Black Belt)

Suparunpei  – 108 Hands, alternative name Pechurin (2)  — Video link:

Hakutsuru  – White Crane (9)

Yon-Dan (4th Degree Black Belt)

Nami-Kiribi  – Cutting-wave (10) – Video  link:

Note also that the Yon-Dan candidate must also create and name their own martial Kata symbolizing their personal understanding of Goshin-Do Karate-Do.

Bonus Video of Kunchaba (Kanshiwa Kata) featuring Shihan Frank Van Lenten, link:

The following are Goshin-Do Karate-Do Kyokai kata (abandoned when the kyokai was disbanded in 1983) which I recreated using archival text, notes, photos and film also featured in the videos:

Sunsu Kata; Not only does this video feature footage of Hanshi Van Lenten performing his version of this hallmark kata of Isshin-Ryu Krate-Do, it also shows Shimaboku, Tatsuo Sensei’s recognition of Hanshi Van Lenten as a Ju-Dan, 1oth degree black belt. (See Endnote # 1) LINK:

Jion Kata: A very rare version of the traditional kata recreated in a pleasing aesthetic environment. LINK:

Jitte Kata: A very rare version of the traditional kata recreated in a pleasing aesthetic environment. LINK:



(1) These Kata are of Japanese origin and were included in the Goshin-Do system by Shihan Frank Van Lenten perhaps as a tribute to Sensei Gichen Funakoshi.
(2) These Kata are derived from the Goju-ryu style of Karate; derived from the original Kata taught by Sensei Masanobu Shinjo. In the case of Suparunpei Kata, the Kata was incorporated into the Mokuroku No Kata by Sensei Szmitkowski.

(3) These Kata were incorporated into the Goshin-Do system by Shihan Thomas DeFelice in or about 1975. They are unique to the students that studied Goshin-Do Karate-Do directly under the direct tutelage of Shihan DeFelice.

(4) These Kata are derived from the Goju-Ryu system in general and specifically from the Kata of Sensei Seikichi Toguchi. In the case of the Gekisai Kata, this Kata is derived from the Gekisai-San Kata of Sensei Toguchi.

(5) These Kata were developed by Shihan Frank Van Lenten directly. In the case of the Kanto Kata, the Kata was developed and demonstrated to Shihan Van Lenten’s instructors as an example of the Goshin-Do Karate style. In the case of Bo Kata No Sho, the Kata was developed as a means of introducing the Karate-Ka to the Art of Kobu-jitsu.

(6) The Kata Wansu is derived from the Isshin-Ryu system of Karate as a tribute to Sensei Tatsuo Shimabuko who taught the system to Shihan Van Lenten.

(7) These Kata are derived from the Shorin-Ryu system. Specifically, the Kata are derived from the Shobayashi-Ryu sect that began under Sensei Chotoku Kyan and continued under Sensei Zenryo Shimabuko under whom Shihan Van Lenten studied this system. The Shobayashi-Ryu sect continues under the direction of Zempo Shimabuko, the son of Zenryo Shimabuko.

(8) The exact origin of the Goshin-Do Karate-jitsu method of performing the Chatan Yara No Sai Kata is unknown.

(9) The Hakutsuru Kata is derived from the Kamemura Hakutsuru Kata of the Matsumura Seito line of Shorin-Ryu Karate. It was incorporated into the Mokuroku No Kata by Sensei John Szmitkowski.

(10) The Nami-Kiribi Kata was developed by Sensei John M. Szmitkowski, in 1997 in fulfillment of his requirements for the rank of Yon-Dan under Shihan Paul Recchia.

Sensei John Szmitkowski, Soke, Jiriki Kata-Do


  1. tony brinson April 22, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    Sensei, thank you for your response. I apologize it took me so long to get back to you. I am a college football coach and as you can imagine recruiting and spring trainging keep me busy this time of year. I do remember Sensei Nicks “porkchop”admonishment. As well as being smacked by him with the bamboo katana as we ran in circles around the dojo LOL. I live in NYC now, are their any dojo’s that teach goshin-do karate here in NYC? Also is Shihan DeFelice still teaching anywhere? E-mail me when you can i will send a pic to you to give to Sensei Nick although it will be me twenty or so years older. Take care, good luck on your journey.

  2. tony brinson March 23, 2010 at 5:11 am #


    I studied from age 6-16 under Thomas DeFelice and remember the dojo in Palisades Park very well. I had the privelege of being taught by Sensei Paul and a number of other great sensei’s. I only achieved the rank of green belt while i was there, so i understand your article about how hard the “doorway to doom” was. I do sorely miss those days and wish i could pick up my training again. Quick question i always respect the founders of something. Who founded goshin do karate? I remember seeing the pictures on Shihan DeFelice’s wall in the dojo as a kid, cant remember who they were though. Thanks

    • senseijohn March 23, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

      Dear Tony:
      Thank-you for your comment. Please permit me the following replies:
      1. As you indicate your age at the time of your training, in addition to Sensei Paul, I am sure you also have fond memories of Sensei Nick and his assistant, Sensei Dave (last names intentionally omitted). You must also remember Sensei Nick’s favorite admonishment of being “a pork chop.” I see Sensei Nick annually & he still refers to me by this “Title”.
      2. Regardless of rank, EVERYONE that entered Shihan DeFelice’s Dojo is a better person for having done so. Shihan is unique among men; his ability to forge the human spirit is exemplary. Always remember, you did not “only” achieve a green belt, you EARNED a green belt in Shihan DeFelice’s Dojo, that says a lot.
      3. As to the pictures on the Dojo wall, if my memory is correct, they included the following: Shihan Frank Van Lenten pictured in a park in a posture from the Seienchin Kata (Shihan was the founder of Goshin-Do Karate-Do) and a portrait of Shihan Al Gossett, on the row above those two photographs would have included Tatsuo Shimaboku (Isshin-Ryu), Chojin Miyagi (Goju-Ryu), Zenpo Shimaboku (Shorin-Ryu), Kanei Uechi (Uechi-Ryu) and Chotoku Kyan (Shobayashi Shorin-Ryu).
      4. If you are interested in continuing training I would recommend Shihan Norlander’s Dojo. You may contact me either regarding that matter, or if you would desire additional information, you may feel free to e-mail me via my website contact page. There are links throughout this Blogsite.
      Thank-you again for your comment & may the spirit of the Dojo remain with you throughout your days.

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