Shotokan Kata - Meaning and Videos

Each of the styles has designated kata. Shotokan: Jion and Kanku Dai. Shito Ryu: Bassai Dai and Seienchin. Goju Ryu: Saifa and Seipai. Wado Ryu: Chinto and Seishan.

 Shotokan has fifteen "common sense" kata:  Heian 1,2,3,4,5; Tekki 1,2,3;  Jitte, Jion, Hangetsu, Kanku Dai, Enpi, Gankaku, and Bassai Dai.  In general, kata are divided into Shorei Ryu and Shorin Ryu styles.  Shorin ryu may be characterized as having quick waza (technique) stressing the importance of balance.  Shorei ryu is typically powerful, slow waza with legs and hips as center, with emphasis on strength and accentuated breathing.  In terms of Shorin and Shorei, the fifteen  Shotokan kata are categorized in the following manner: Shorin - Bassai Dai, Enpi and Gankaku.  Shorei - Tekki 1,2,3, Jitte, Hangetsu and Jion. 

Click on the kata name to download and view the video. 

Heian
Peaceful Way 


Tekki
Iron Horse 


Bassai
To penetrate a fortress (dai=major, sho=minor) 


Kanku
Viewing the sky 


Empi
Flying swallow 


Jion
Named after the temple 


Hangetsu
Half Moon 


Gankaku
Crane on a rock 


Jitte
Ten hands 


Chinte
Incredible hands 


Nijushiho
24 steps 


Sochin
Preserve Peace 


Unsu
Hands of a cloud 


Gojushiho
54 steps 


Jiin
Named after the saint 


Wankan
Crown of a king 


Meikyo
Mirror of the soul 


Kata clips are taken from the video series: All Kata of Karate, Japan Karate Association, produced by The Bureau of Technique, Japan Karate Association.

Some IJKA katas in one directory.



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