Kata

Kata

The word 型 kata is not unknown even in English.  It means “shape” or “form” and is the name given to a series of techniques.  Quite simply, kata gives you a vehicle by which you can learn the shape of the techniques in order to learn the principles behind them.  We have several forms (most paired) that we practice.  Only the basic kata required up to shodan (first degree black belt) will be listed here.