JKA South Bassonia

WHAT IS KATA?


A kata is a series of basic techniques simulating a fight against one or more imaginary opponents.

During a kata the moves are used to defend against an attack using blocks, strikes, throws and other techniques.

There are features specific to Shotokan kata and that are considered during both competition and grading.

Including but not limited to:

Proper sequence of movement

All kata start and end on the same spot.

Timing is important - the hand and feet must land together.

Smooth movement of feet

Demonstration of the difference between: hard/soft; fast/slow; contraction/expansion

Correct eye direction

Fighting spirit and effort

Demonstrating the meaning of the techniques

Most katas have 2 kiai points. There are 25 kata in the JKA prescribed list. Kata’s 1-6 (Heian 1-5 and Tekki Shodan) are called Sentei kata and are taught to beginners up to purple belt.  Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Empi, Jion and Hangetsu make up the Shitei kata and are the basic black belt katas, A Tokui kata (favourite kata) is selected from the rest of the kata.

Kata

Heian 1

9

17

21

S E N T E I

Heian 1

9

17

21

S H O D A N







+ C H O I C E

Heian 1

9

17

21

N I D A N

Heian 1

9

17

21

S A N D A N

Heian 1

9

17

21

Y O N D A N

Heian 1

9

17

21

G O D A N    &    A B O V E

Heian 2

11

26

26

Heian 2

11

26

26

Heian 2

11

26

26

Heian 2

11

26

26

Heian 2

11

26

26

Heian 2

11

26

26

Heian 3

10

20

20

Heian 3

10

20

20

Heian 3

10

20

20

Heian 3

10

20

20

Heian 3

10

20

20

Heian 3

10

20

20

Heian 4

13

25

27

Heian 4

13

25

27

Heian 4

13

25

27

Heian 4

13

25

27

Heian 4

13

25

27

Heian 4

13

25

27

Heian 5

12

19

23

Heian 5

12

19

23

Heian 5

12

19

23

Heian 5

12

19

23

Heian 5

12

19

23

Heian 5

12

19

23

Tekki 1

15

29

29

Tekki 1

15

29

29

Tekki 1

15

29

29

Tekki 1

15

29

29

Tekki 1

15

29

29

Tekki 1

15

29

29






Bassai Dai

19

42

42

Bassai Dai

19

42

42

Bassai Dai

19

42

42

Bassai Dai

19

42

42

Bassai Dai

19

42

42






Kanku Dai

15

64

65

Kanku Dai

15

64

65

Kanku Dai

15

64

65

Kanku Dai

15

64

65

Kanku Dai

15

64

65






Empi

15

36

37

Empi

15

36

37

Empi

15

36

37

Empi

15

36

37

Empi

15

36

37






Jion

17

47

47

Jion

17

47

47

Jion

17

47

47

Jion

17

47

47

Jion

17

47

47






Hangetsu

11

40

41

Hangetsu

11

40

41

Hangetsu

11

40

41

Hangetsu

11

40

41

Hangetsu

11

40

41











Tekki 2

16

24

24

Tekki 2

16

24

24

Tekki 2

16

24

24

Tekki 2

16

24

24
















Tekki 3

16

36

36

Tekki 3

16

36

36

Tekki 3

16

36

36
















Jitte

13

24

24

Jitte

13

24

24

Jitte

13

24

24
















Gankaku

28

42

42

Gankaku

28

42

42

Gankaku

28

42

42





















Bassai Sho

17

25

27

Bassai Sho

17

25

27





















Kanku Sho

6

47

47

Kanku Sho

6

47

47





















Chinte

9

32

33

Chinte

9

32

33





















Unsu

36

48

48

Unsu

36

48

48





















Sochin

28

40

40

Sochin

28

40

40


























Nijushiho

18

32

33


























Gojushiho Dai

54

61

62


























Gojushiho Sho

57

64

65


























Meikyo


32

32


























Wankan


25

25

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