There are five Heian forms,
containing a great variety of techniques and almost all of the basic stances. Having
mastered these five forms, one can be confident that he is able to defend himself
competently in most situations. The meaning of the name is to be taken in this context.
Godan Jon Beltram, senior instructor of Kansas City
Shotokan demonstrates Heian Shodan during the Pittsburgh 35th Anniversary
celebration in 2001.