Isshin Ryu‎ > ‎

Kata

In the history of Okinawan and virtually all Japanese Martial Arts, Kata have been, and are, an important part of training. 

A Kata or form, is a predetermined pattern of movements that represent blocking, striking and kicking against imaginary opponents, who become very real when the all important bunkai is performed.

Kata are the text book of Karate, all techniques come from Kata. Thus Kata are important to the understanding of karate in that the series of movements assist in understanding applications of individual techniques, of appreciating the changes in speed and rhythm in a fight situation, balance and correct positioning of body parts in relation to attackers and also the importance of controlled breathing.

Kata allow an individual to practice in a structured way without a partner or equipment. Constant practice of kata will allow the defensive and counter attacking movements to become a reflex action.

There are many theories on Kata and their practicality today, we however believe that Kata and bunkai practice are vital in order to be a true karate-ka.

“Techniques will occur in the absence of conscious thought” -Chojun Miyagi

All Kata start with the same initial bow in.
  1. Start in heiko-dachi, fists close, back of hands facing forwards.
  2. Right foot into musubi-dachi, hands open and come to side of thighs, thumbs tight.
  3. Bow.
  4. Loudly announce kata.
  5. Open hands come up in front of groin, left over right.

    Most Kata now do the following, where this is different it is explained in the Kata.

  6. Both hand close,
    right foot step to right into heiko-dachi, lock stance,
    hands to side, 1 fist in front of body, palms face back.

All Kata end with the same bow, generally you step back.
  1. Feet into musubi-dachi, hands come up in front of throat, left hand open, right hand in a fist, back of right hand in palm of left hand.
  2. Hands go down, stay together, right hand rotates in palm of left hand. Stop in front of groin.
  3. Right hand opens, hands come to side of thighs.
  4. Bow.
  5. Open hands come together in front of groin, left over right.
  6. Both hand close,
    right foot step to right into heiko-dachi, lock stance,
    hands to side, 1 fist in front of body, palms face back.