Karate kata

Kata is a form of ritualised self-training in which patterned or memorised movements are done in order to practice a form of combat manoeuvring. According to a highly regarded Kyokushin text, “The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama” by Cameron Quinn, long time interpreter to Oyama, the kata of Kyokushin are classified into Northern and Southern Kata.

Literally translated, kata means “shape which cuts the ground”.

A kata is a sequence of blocks, kicks and punches from one or more stances, involving movement forward, backward and to the sides. The number of movements and their sequence are very specific. Below are a series of instructional videos to aid you in your Kyokushin Karate Kata training.

Taikyoku Sono Ichi
Taikyoku Sono Ni
Taikyoku Sono San
Pinan Sono Ichi
Pinan Sono Ni
Pinan Sono San
Pinan Sono Yon
Pinan Sono Go
Gekisai Dai
Tsuki No Kata
Saiha (known also as Saifa)