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A kata is a prearranged series of kihon (basic techniques) designed around an imaginary confrontation with one or several opponents. During a kata the student visualizes the attack, and uses the moves of the kata to defend themselves with blocks, strikes, throws, and control techniques.

Taikyoku

For beginners, a somewhat simplified version of Heian Shodan was introduced, which is called Taikyoku Shodan. This is most often used for 9th Kyu gradings as a “stepping-stone” to Heian Shodan.

There are also Taikyoku Nidan and Taikyoku Sandan to learn, each involving similar patterns but somewhat more complex techniques than the previous.

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Heian

The Heian Katas we know and practise today are as follows:

– Heian Shodan – Peaceful Way One – 21 moves – Kiai on 9 & 17 – View Video Here
– Heian Nidan – Peaceful Way Two – 26 moves – Kiai on 11 & 26 – View Video Here
– Heian Sandan – Peaceful Way Three – 20 moves – Kiai on 10 & 20 – View Video Here
– Heian Yondan – Pieceful Way Four – 27 moves – Kiai on 13 & 25 – View Video Here
– Heian Godan – Pieceful Way Five – 23 moves – Kiai on 12 & 19 – View Video Here

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Heian Shodan | Heian Nidan | Heian Sandan | Heian Yondan | Heian Godan


Tekki

The Tekki Kata we know and practise today are as follows:

– Tekki Shodan – Iron Horse One – 29 moves – Kiai on 15 & 29 – View Video Here
– Tekki Nidan – Iron Horse Two – 24 moves – Kiai on 16 & 24 –View Video Here
– Tekki Sandan – Iron Horse Three – 36 moves – Kiai on 16 & 36 – View Video Here

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Tekki Shodan | Tekki Nidan | Tekki Sandan


Bassai

The Bassai Kata we know and practise today are as follows:

– Bassai Dai – To Storm a Fortress – 42 moves – Kiai on 19 & 42 – View Video Here
– Bassai Sho – To Penetrate a Fortress – 27 moves – Kiai on 17 & 25 – View Video Her

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Bassai Dai | Bassai Sho


Kanku

The Kanku Kata we know and practise today are as follows:

– Kanku Dai – To View the Sky (dai=major) – 65 moves – Kiai on 15 & 64 – View Video Here
– Kanku Sho – To View the Sky (sho=minor) – 47 moves – Kiai on 6 & 47 – View Video Here

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Kanku Dai | Kanku Sho


Jion

The Jion Kata we know and practise today are as follows:

– Jion – Named after the Chinese temple – 47 moves – Kiai on 17 & 47 – View Video Here

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Jion


Ji-In

The Ji-In Kata we know and practise today are as follows:

– Ji-In – Named after the saint – View Video Here

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Ji-in


Chinte

The Chinte Kata we know and practise today are as follows:

 – Chinte -Incredible Hands – 33 moves – Kiai on 9 & 32 – View Video Here

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Chinte


Jitte

The Jitte Kata we know and practise today are as follows:

 – Jitte – Ten Hands – 24 moves – Kiai on 13 & 24 –View Video Here

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Jitte


Empi

The Enpi Kata we know and practise today are as follows:

– Empi – Flying Swallow – 37 moves – Kiai on 15 & 36 – View Video Here

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Empi


Hangetsu

The Hangetsu Kata we know and practise today are as follows:

– Hangetsu – Half Moon – 41 moves – Kiai on 11 & 40 – View Video Here

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Hangetsu


Sochin

The Sochin Kata we know and practise today are as follows:

– Sochin – Preserve Peace – 40 moves – Kiai on 28 & 40 – View Video Here

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Sochin


Unsu

The Unsu Kata we know and practise today are as follows:

– Unsu – Hands of a Cloud – 48 moves – Kiai on 36 & 48 – View Video Here

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Unsu


Nijushiho

The Nijushiho Kata we know and practise today are as follows:

– Nijushiho – 24 Steps – 33 moves – Kiai on 18 & 32 – View Video Here

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Nijushiho


Gojushiho

The Gojushiho Kata we know and practise today are as follows:

– Gojushiho  Sho – 54 Steps – 65 moves – Kiai on 57 & 64 – View Video Here
– Gojushiho Dai – 54 Steps – 62 moves – Kiai on 54 & 61 – View Video Here

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Gojushiho Sho | Gojushiho Dai


Meikyo

The Gojushiho Kata we know and practise today are as follows:

– Meikyo – Mirror of the Soul – 33 moves – Kiai on 32 only – View Video Here

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Meikyo


Wankan

The Wankan Kata we know and practise today are as follows:

– Wankan – Crown of a king – 26 moves – Kiai on 16 only – View Video Here

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Wankan


Gankaku

The Gankaku Kata we know and practise today are as follows:

– Gankaku –  Crane on a rock – 42 moves – Kiai on 28 & 42 – View Video Here

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Gankaku