Kata is a series of techniques performed against imaginary multiple opponents, used in karate to develop not only fighting technique but also fighting spirit.
In kata the total performance must be visualised, the imaginary opponents must be made real and each technique carried out with an intensity and commitment that demonstrates 100% effort.
It is through kata that the karateka can realise their full potential without having to check his/her blows.
A kata that truly combines mind and body elevates the practice of karate into a true art form.
A well performed kata should show uninterrupted focus, strong gaze (to eye level unless specified otherwise), solid stances and fluid movement.
- Heian Ni Dan
- Heian Sho Dan
- Heian San Dan
- Heian Yon Dan
- Heian Go Dan
- Ni Pai Po
- Sei En Chin
- Matsumura Ha Bassai
- Sei Pai
- Chatanyara Kushanku
- Tomari Bassai
|Heisoku Dachi||Ready stance, feet together|
|Musubi Dachi||Ready Stance, feet at 45° angle|
|Heisoku Dachi||Natural Stance, feet parallel and shoulder width apart|
|Heiko Dachi||Horsemans Stance, feet wider than shoulders width and parallel|
|Kiba Dachi||Feet wider than shoulder width with toes at a 45° angle|
|Shiko Dachi||Reverse Punch|
|Moto Dachi||Short stance, knee of rear leg at ankle of front leg|
|Zenkutsu Dachi||Forward Stance, Knee of rear leg halfway between forward and rear feet|
|Neko Ashi Dachi||Cat leg stance, place leg at 45°, then step front leg out 1½ foot lengths, them place weight on bent rear leg, stick bum out and lift front heal off the floor|