List of Martial Arts Kata & Forms with Instructions & Videos

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List of Martial Arts Kata & Forms with Instructions & Videos

This section will help you to learn a wide variety of kata, forms and patterns (i.e. Shotokan Karate Katas and WTF Taekwondo Forms). We provide videos and/or written step-by-step instructions for the kata and forms used in martial arts such as Karate, Taekwondo, Judo, Tang Soo Do and Tai Chi. However, if you have any questions about a particular kata or form movement, please check with your instructor because kata and form instructions can vary by school and/or organization.

Many martial arts styles use kata, forms, poomse and/or patterns in order to help students practice certain moves (i.e. kicking techniques, self-defense techniques and various strikes) as well as for improving a student's physical conditioning, muscle memory, focus/concentration, balance, etc. To master many of these kata, forms or poomsae, martial arts students should try to imagine that they are fighting an imaginary opponent. This allows students to practice "offensive" or "defensive" techniques (i.e. strike the imaginary opponent's neck at the correct height and angle) versus just going through the motions in order to pass a belt test. In addition, many martial arts pull out portions of a kata or form in order to illustrate the self-defense techniques and situations that have been incorporated in that particular kata or form. This often involves two students where one is the attacker and one is the defender. In Karate and other Japanese martial arts, this kata-related technique is known as Bunkai.

In kata & form competitions and tests, most martial arts students are judged on factors such as accuracy of the pattern (i.e. Did they miss a step? Are they in the correct stance?), the power of their movements, timing/correct speed of their movements, balance, concentration, etc. Therefore, you must work on these elements (i.e. stances) in order to excel at your katas or forms.

List of Martial Arts Katas, Forms and Patterns - The sections below contain written and/or video instructions for each kata, form and/or pattern.

Aikido

American Kenpo

Iaido

Judo

Karate Katas

Kendo

Martial Arts Kobudo (Weapons)

Taekwondo Forms & Patterns

Tai Chi

Tang Soo Do

Vietnamese Martial Arts

Wushu

  • Wushu Taolu - Basic taolu for international Wushu competitions.

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References

  1. TaekwondoAnimals.com, Taekwondo WTF Forms, http://www.taekwondoanimals.com/taekwondo-forms.asp. Added - 04/19/13
  2. TaekwondoAnimals.com, Taekwondo ITF Patterns, http://www.taekwondoanimals.com/taekwondo-ITF-forms.asp, Added - 04/19/13
  3. World Taekwondo Federation, Poomsae, http://www.wtf.org/wtf_eng/site/about_taekwondo/poomsae.html, Added - 05/23/13
  4. International Judo Federation, Judo Training - Kata, http://www.intjudo.eu, Added - 05/26/13
  5. International Wushu Federation, Wushu Taolu, http://www.iwuf.org/sport_03.asp, Added - 07/17/13
  6. International Shuri-Ryu Association, Katas, http://www.shuri-ryu.com/katas.htm, Added - 10/20/13
  7. Isshin-Ryu World Karate Association, Kata, http://www.isshinryukarate.com/, Added - 03/10/14
  8. Shito-Ryu International Karate Do Kai, Shito-Ryu Kata, http://www.seitoshitoryu.com/kata.php, Added - 04/13/14
  9. Shorinjiryu Kenryukan Karate, Shorinjiryu Kata, http://www.kenryukan.com/, Added - 06/09/14
  10. Chitoryu Karatedo, System of Techniques, http://www.chitoryu.co.jp/en/what05.html, Added - 06/15/14




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  • 01/20/15 - We just sent our monthly "technique" newsletter where we focus on an interesting or useful martial arts technique. This month's newsletter highlighted Krav Maga defenses against knee strikes. Did you find this technique useful or useless? You can vote it up or down on the Technique of the Month section.
  • 01/13/15 - Our thanks to Neil for catching an error on one of the Shotokan Karate katas. FYI - This wiki can not improve & help you unless people add information and/or correct problems. Therefore, if you spot anything, please contact us… we don't bite (much). :)
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  • 01/03/15 - We just added the Jan 2015 Poll of the Month to the wiki home page. It asks "What is the most spectacular & acrobatic kick for demonstrations & breaking competitions?". We hope you vote for your favorite kick. To learn more about any of these acrobatic kicks, please visit the main Martial Arts Kicks section.
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