List of Wado-Ryu Katas

These pages provide instructions & videos for Wado-Ryu kata so you can get ready for your next belt test. However, if you have any questions about a particular kata movement or sequence, please check with your Karate instructor because kata instructions can vary by school and organization.

In order to understand the Wado-Ryu Karate kata, you need to know that “Wado” means the way of peace and harmony and “Ryu” means school. This basic philosophy stands behind the movements in the various Wado-Ryu Karate kata.

You should also read our section on Is Kata Useful or Useless? It discusses the pros & cons of kata. For the katas of other Karate styles (i.e. Shotokan katas), please visit the main Katas & Forms section.

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Wado-Ryu Kihon Kata– Videos and written kata instructions

List of Main Wado-Ryu Karate Katas – Videos and/or written kata instructions

Wado-Ryu Paired Kata – Paired kata with one person as an attacker and another person as a defender

  • Idori No Kata – This kata focuses on kneeling techniques.
  • Kumite Gata
  • Ohyo Kumite
  • Shinken Shirahadori
  • Tanto Dori No Kata
  • Yakusoku Kihon Kumite
    • Wado-Ryu Yakusoku Kihon 1
    • Wado-Ryu Yakusoku Kihon 2
    • Wado-Ryu Yakusoku Kihon 3

Reasons for Wado-Ryu Kata

Many Wado-Ryu Karate schools use kata in order to help students practice certain moves (i.e. kicking techniquesself-defense techniques and various strikes). In addition, kata is used to improve a student’s physical conditioning, muscle memory, focus/concentration, balance, etc.


  1. Canada Zenkuren Wado kai Association,