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.


  1. Shihozuki
  2. Heian Ni Dan
  3. Heian Sho Dan
  4. Heian San Dan
  5. Heian Yon Dan
  6. Heian Go Dan
  7. Basai
  8. Ni Pai Po
  9. Sei En Chin
  10. Matsumura Ha Bassai
  11. Rohai
  12. Sei Pai
  13. Chatanyara Kushanku
  14. Tomari Bassai
  15. Chinto


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