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What is Karate kata

Karate Kata are logical sequence of blocking, punching, striking and kicking techniques. Some Kata that are practiced today have been handed down from generation to generation. Some have been developed quite recently.

Training in Kata is spiritual as well as physical. To a layman, Kata may appear like a form of dancing.
To grasp the meaning of Kata, one must be involved in Karate. In Kata training, the practitioners have to concentrate and require composure for their performance. The practitioners have to exhibit strength and dignity, boldness and confidence, but also humility and gentleness. Some Kata are exhibited with fast reflexes and the ability to move quickly. However, all Kata foster rhythm and coordination

KATA ADOPTED BY B.K.A.

 

1 TAIKYO-KU SHODAN  12 BASAI-SHO  23 GOJUSHIHO
2 TAIKYO-KU SANDAN 13 KANKU-DAI 24 UNSU
3 HEIAN SHODAN 14 KANKU-SHO 25 SEIPA
4 HEIAN NIDAN 15 EMPI  26 JIIN
5 HE IAN SANDAN 16 JION 27 SOCHIN
6 HEIAN YONDAN 17 JITTE 28 TENSO
7 HEIAN GODAN 18 GANKAKU 29 ANNANKO
8 TEKKI SHODAN 19 HANGETSU 30 SEIRYU
9 TEKKI NIDAN 20 SEIENCHIN 31 MATSUKAZE
10 TEKKI SANDAN 21 SAIFA
11 BASAI-DAI 22 KURURUNFA

 

The Budokan Karate Academy practices 31 kata. The emphasis should be on “quality not quantity” and students should master the required kata for their rank rather than concentrating on advanced forms.

Meaning of Kata Names

         

Kata

Meaning

Count

Kai

Video

Heian - Shodan

Peaceful mind

21 Moves

9th & 17th Movement

 

Heian - Nidan

Peaceful mind

26 Moves

11th & 26th Movement

 

Heian - Sandan

Peaceful mind

20 Moves

10th & 20th Movement

 

Heian - Yondan

Peaceful mind

27 Moves

13th & 25th Movement

 

Heian - Godan

Peaceful mind

23 Moves

12th & 19th Movement

 

Tekki - Shodan

Iron horseman

29 Moves

15th & 29th Movement

 

Tekki - Nidan

Iron horseman

24 Moves

16th & 24th Movement

 

Tekki - Sandan

Iron horseman

36 Moves

16th & 36th Movement

 

Bassai - Dai

Penetrating a fortress

42 Moves

19th & 42nd Movement

 

Kanku - Dai

Viewing the sky

65 Moves

15th & 65th Movement

 

Empi

Flying swallow

37 Moves

15th & 36th Movement

 

Jion

From the temple of Jion

47 Moves

17th & 47th Movement

 

Bassai – Sho

Penetrating a fortress

27 Moves

17th & 25th Movement

 
       

 

Kanku – Sho

Viewing the sky

47 Moves

6th & 47th Movement

 

Jitte

Ten hands

24 Moves

13th & 24th Movement

 

Gankaku

Crane on a rock

42 Moves

28th & 42nd Movement

 

Hangetsu

Half moon

41 Moves

11th & 40th Movement

 

Sochin

Strength and calm

40 Moves

28th & 40th Movement

 

Chinte

Strange hands

33 Moves

9th & 32nd Movement

 

Nijushiho

Twenty-four steps

33 Moves

18th & 32nd Movement

 

Wankan

King and crown

24 Moves

24th Movement

 

Meikyo

Polished mirror

33 Moves

32nd Movement

 

Unsu

Hands in the cloud

48 Moves

36th & 48th Movement

 

Gojushiho - Sho

Fifty-four steps

65 Moves

57th & 65th Movement

 

Gojushiho – Dai

Fifty-four steps

62 Moves

54th & 61st Movement