Kata

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Kanji characters for the term Kata

Kanji characters for the term Kata

Below you can find the complete list of Shotokan karate katas in order of how they are typically learnt. Bear in mind that different Shotokan karate clubs have different belt colour systems so the belt colour may vary slightly from organisation to organisation. The below is based upon the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) belt colour and Kyu system. The below katas are all performed by the late Sensei Enoeda and Sensei Ohta.

10th Kyu (White Belt)

Kihon Kata

 

9th Kyu (Orange Belt)

Heian Shodan

 

8th Kyu (Red Belt)

Heian Nidan

 

7th Kyu (Yellow Belt)

Heian Sandan

 

6th Kyu (Green Belt)

Heian Yondan

 

5th Kyu (Purple Belt)

Heian Godan

 

4th Kyu (Purple and White Belt)

Tekki Shodan

 

3rd-1st Kyu (Brown Belt, Brown and White Stripe, Brown and two White Stripe)

Bassai Dai

 

Further Advanced katas

Tekki Nidan

 

Tekki Sandan

 

Bassai Sho

 

Kanku Dai

 

Kanku Sho

 

Enpi or Empi

 

Jion

 

Gankaku

 

Hangetsu

 

Jitte

 

Chinte

 

Sochin

 

Meikyo

 

Jiin

 

Gojushiho Dai

 

Gojushiho Sho

 

Nijushiho

 

Wankan

 

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