Kata is a core part of learning karate, not only does it allow you to practice stances, moves and turns on your own, but its also a directory of every move in Karate.
Within kata’s are obvious applications of moves, but also hidden ones too. Part of the beauty of karate is this discovery of hidden moves and how they can be applied. The same move in Kata can have multiple reasons and versions of applications, this is then multiplied by all the moves in a kata and across all kata’s.
This almost infinite combination of moves and applications is what makes understanding karate so enjoyable. No matter how many years you may have trained, you will always find new techniques and uses.
Once moves have been learnt and understood, the training then moves onto Bunkai. Bunkai is the application of moves and techniques from kata into self defence moves. The moves may and will change slightly from the kata but is converted into a realistic application.
Kata is an essential part of karate, it allows students to practice techniques and fighting moves without an opponent. Our current kata list
- Taikyoko Shodan / Kihon Kata – White belt
- Heian Shodan – Red belt
- Heian Nidan – Yellow belt
- Heian Sandan – Orange belt
- Heian Yondan – Green belt
- Heian Godan – Green belt / Blue belt
- Tekki Shodan – Purple Belt
- Jiin – Purple Belt
- Tekki-Nidan – Brown belt
- Bassai-Dai – Brown belt 1 stripes
- Tekki Sandan – Brown belt 2 stripes
Advanced kata is for senior grades, they form part of the core of Karate. As you progress through higher grades, the kata gets more difficult and technical to perform.
Our advanced kata list includes –
- Bassai Sho
- Kanku Sho