KATA

sensei-enoeda-kataKata is the second pillar of a student’s karate. Each kata is a pre-arranged pattern of techniques, providing opportunity to practice different combinations of moves and movements. Often, the movements are put together to simulate a combat situation. Therefore, it is also important to learn the bunkai or application of all kata.

In Shotokan, there are 26 kata to learn over the student’s lifetime. In the early stages, 1 new kata is taught for each new belt level. Further, kata knowledge is cumulative. This means, a student learning Heian Godan cannot forget what they learned in Heian Shodan, because each additional kata builds on previous ones, while introducing additional concepts.

Below is a list of all katas of our style, roughly in the order they should be learned. Most will have a graphic chart showing all moves step by step, and katas that have been featured will also include video links and additional info.

Japanese Name Translation Position of 1st Kiai Position of 2nd Kiai No. of Total Moves
Basic Kata
Taikyoku Shodan 8 16 20
Heian Shodan Peaceful – First Step 9 17 21
Heian Nidan Peaceful – Second Step 11 26 26
Heian Sandan Peaceful – Third Step 10 20 20
Heian Yondan Peaceful – Fourth Step 13 25 27
Heian Godan Peaceful – Fifth Step 12 19 23
Tekki Shodan Iron Knightor, 15 29 29
Tekki Nidan Steel Horse or, 16 24 24
Tekki Sandan Steel Horse Riding. 16 36 36
Bassai – Dai “Extract from a fortress”, “rescue”(Big Bassai) 19 42 42
Kanku – Dai “The view of the sky”(Big Kanku) 15 65 65
Jion “Temple” – from a temple named “Jion-Ji” 17 47 47
Empi “Flying Swallow” 15 36 37
Gankaku “Crane Standing Upon a Rock” 11 40 41
Jitte “Ten Hands” 13 24 24
Hangetsu “Half Moon” or “Half Month” 28 42 42
Advanced Kata
Nijushiho “Twenty-four Steps” 18 33 34
Bassai – Sho “Extract from a fortress”, “rescue” (Little Bassai) 17 22 27
Kanku – Sho “The view of the sky” (Little Kanku) 6 48 48
Chinte “Unusual Hands” 28 32 32
Sochin “Grand Suppression” or “Energetic calm” 30 41 41
Gojushiho – Dai “Fifty-four Steps”(Big Gojushiho) 59 66 67
Gojushiho – Sho “Fifty-four Steps”(Little Gojushiho) 57 64 65
Unsu “Cloud Hands” 36 48 48
Wankan “Kings Crown” 24 24
Meikyo “Bright Mirror” 32 33
Jiin “Temple Grounds” 11 35 35

 

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