Kata is the form side of Karate training. Each kata is a pre-arranged combination of attacking and defensive techniques.

These set patterns were used as a method of recording the techniques of the day. It is widely believed that they originally were their own individual fighting systems. Over the years as Karate has developed, Kata has come to mean different things to different people. Most commonly today they are used for Grading students and winning medals in competition.
However you can quite confidently say that this was not the original intention of the Masters that created them.



10th Kyu White Belt


9th Kyu White Belt

Yellow Tag


8th Kyu Yellow Belt


7th Kyu Orange Belt

Gekisai dai ichi

6th Kyu Red Belt

Heian Shodan

5th Kyu Blue Belt

Gekisai dai ni

4th Kyu Purple Belt

Heian yondan

3rd Kyu Brown Belt

Bassai Dai
Gekisai dai san

2nd Kyu Brown Belt

White Stripe

Bassai Dai

1st Kyu Brown Belt

Black Stripe


1st Dan Black Belt


2nd Dan Black Belt

Kanku Sho

When learning Kata it is important that we learn how to perform it. This helps us retain the techniques, but more importantly we learn to apply it to self defence situations relevant to today, this is called Bunkai / oyo.


Performance is how we learn the moves of a kata. It is by constant repetition that this helps us remember the order in which the moves are in. Learning and training in performance, without doubt, helps with fitness and coordination. In performance we are more concerned with the aesthetic look of the kata.

Bunkai / Oyo

Bunkai / Oyo is the practical application of the techniques of the kata. The original bunkai has been lost over the years with nobody being actually able to say ‘this 100% means this’. But there are certain clues that can be researched to form an opinion of what a technique was likely to be used for, mainly by what the technique looks like. The rule is: the more simplistic, the easier it is to be applied in the heat of a confrontation. In the Atarashii Yoake system of Karate we have incorporated 12 kata into our grading syllabus taken from the Shotokhan and GoJu systems of Karate. This gives students a varied range of Karate concepts and principles. Kata performance varies from style to style, it can even vary within a style ,depending on who taught who. The difference's are often very small.

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