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Kata is often described as a set sequence of karate moves organised into a prearranged fight against imaginary opponents. The kata consists of kicks, punches, sweeps, strikes, blocks and throws. Body movement in the various katas includes, stepping, twisting, turning, dropping to the ground and jumping. In this page we list the 26 standard
Shotokan katas that are practiced by millions of karateka all over the world. When the Japan Karate Association (JKA) was formed by Nakayama Sensei, he laid these 26 katas down as the training katas for the JKA karatekas. Even today, many thousands of Shotokan Dojo only practice these 26 Katas. Kata should be executed with the correct attitude first and foremost, if the karate practitioner has an understanding of the kata, each fast move will be executed with speed, power and intent. The karateka will execute the technique like it’s their last. Kata is not a performance, or a demonstration, it is for the individual karateka to practice full techniques with 'Ikken Hisatsu', to kill with one blow.There is most definitely a health aspect to kata, the practice of kata is great for fitness, keeping the body soft, supple and agile. As the karateka gets older, a lot more emphasise is put on health and for good reason.

Shotokan JKA katas. Videos come from an entitled series: "All Kata of karate". They were produced by the technical office of Japan Karate Association after the death of Nakayama in 1987. We can see Tetsuhiko Asai, the technical director of the JKA there at that time. Keigo Abe, Takeshi Oishi, Mikio Yahara, Masaaki Ueki, and others also appear.

    Shotokan katas front view
Shodan Nidan Sandan Yondan Godan
Heian Shodan Enpi Bassai Sho Meikyo Chinte
Heian Nidan Jion Gankaku Nijushiho Gojushiho Dai
Heian Sandan Hangetsu Jiin Sochin

Gojushiho Sho

Heian Yondan Kanku Dai Jitte Tekki Sandan


Heian Godan

Tekki Nidan

Kanku Sho Unsu


Tekki Shodan





Bassai Dai






Shotokan katas back view Click here