Kata

Kata • 型

"Pattern"

型 (kata) - pattern

Kata are patterns of movements used to record, practice, and study different techniques and principles of karate. It is frequently said that one should consider the performance of a kata to be a series of fights against multiple imaginary attackers. 

The Chinese character 型 used to write the word kata has parts representing an earthen mold. The original Okinawan term for kata may have been “tii-chikate-mani.The meaning of this is unclear, but the term "tii" likely means hand, and "mani" likely means imitation.

Kata glossary document

Kata list

Kata lineage document

Kata by lineage