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The meaning of Kata in Japanese is Shape and Form. It is a collection of strikes, kicks, and blocks depicting a defensive and counter-attack movements against single or multiple attackers. Kata training is very demanding as it requires endless efforts in repeating each Kata with an ultimate goal of perfecting the moves, timing, and finishing of each Kata.

In accordance with Japan Karate Association, there are 26 known Kata. The best reference for these Kata(s) is the JKA Standard Kata Video(s) or Best Karate Series 1 through 11 by Masatoshi Nakayma.

 
•Peaceful Way
  Heian Shodan
  Heian Nidan
  Heian Sandan
  Heian Yondan
  Heian Godan
•Iron Horse
  Tekki Shodan
  Tekki Nidan
  Tekki Sandan
•To penetrate a fortress
  (dai=big, sho=small)
  Bassai Dai
  Bassai Sho
•Viewing the sky
  Kanku Dai
  Kanku Sho
•Flying swallow
  Empi
•Named after the temple
  Jion
•Named after the saint
  Jiin
•Half moon
  Hangetsu
•Crane on a rock
  Gankaku
•Ten hands
  Jitte
•Incredible hands
  Chinte
•24 steps
  Nijushiho
•Preserve Peace
  Sochin
•Hand of a cloud
  Unsu
•54 steps
  Gojushiho Dai
  Gojushiho Sho
•Crown of a king
  Wankan
•Mirror of the soul
  Meikyo



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