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.
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