Karate Kata

List of Karate Kata – Shotokan, Kyokushin, Goju-Ryu, etc.

This section provides details on the kata used by most major and minor Karate styles including ShotokanKyokushinGoju-RyuShito-Ryu and many others. The pages below include videos and/or written kata instructions for a huge number of different Karate katas. Visit each section to see all of the different kata associated with that Karate style (i.e. Shotokan Karate Katas).

Karate kata is a formalized step-by-step system usually incorporating a variety of kicks and strikes against an imaginary opponent. Some kata also use martial arts weapons as part of the routine. Kata is used extensively by most traditional Karate styles because it helps students to practice certain moves (i.e. kicking techniquesself-defense techniques and various strikes) when they are without a training partner. Karate kata also helps to improve a student’s physical conditioning, muscle memory, focus/concentration, balance, etc. Some Karate styles use a relatively low number of kata whereas other styles use a huge variety of kata as part of their training (i.e. Shito-Ryu Katas).

For the “kata” of other martial arts (i.e. Taekwondo forms), please visit the main Kata & Forms section.

Karate Kata by Style or Organization