List of Shotokan Karate Katas with Instructions & Videos
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List of Shotokan Karate Katas with Instructions & Videos

These video and written step-by-step instructions will help you to learn the Shotokan Karate katas and prepare you for your next Karate belt test. Click on each kata below in order to find detailed instructions.

Moreover, to master these Shotokan Karate katas, you will have to learn basic Karate stances, Karate kicks, Karate blocks, Karate punches, etc.

However, if in doubt, check with your Sensei/Instructor regarding your required Karate kata movements as some Shotokan Karate schools use slightly different kata formats. In addition, after the first eight katas, many Shotokan Karate schools have their kata in different orders/sequences based on the preference of the school's Sensei.

For the katas of other Karate styles (i.e. Wado-Ryu katas or Kyokushin katas), please visit the main Katas & Forms section.

Shotokan Karate Katas - These pages have video and written instructions to help you learn these Shotokan Karate katas.

"Kihon" Shotokan Katas - These introductory katas are used by some Shotokan schools.

  1. Shotokan Taikyoku Shodan
  2. Shotokan Taikyoku Nidan
  3. Shotokan Taikyoku Sandan

"Official" Shotokan Karate Katas

  1. Shotokan Karate Kata 1 - Heian Shodan - This is the first "official" kata used at many Shotokan schools.
  2. Shotokan Karate Kata 2 - Heian Nidan
  3. Shotokan Karate Kata 3 - Heian Sandan
  4. Shotokan Karate Kata 4 - Heian Yondan
  5. Shotokan Karate Kata 5 - Heian Godan
  6. Shotokan Karate Kata 6 - Tekki Shodan
  7. Shotokan Karate Kata 7 - Tekki Nidan
  8. Shotokan Karate Kata 8 - Tekki Sandan
  9. Shotokan Karate Kata 9 - Bassai Dai
  10. Shotokan Karate Kata 10 - Bassai Sho
  11. Kanku Dai
  12. Kanku Sho
  13. Enpi or Empi
  14. Jion
  15. Gankaku
  16. Hangetsu
  17. Jitte
  18. Chinte
  19. Sochin
  20. Meikyo
  21. Jiin
  22. Gojushiho Dai
  23. Gojushiho Sho
  24. Nijushiho
  25. Wankan
  26. Unsu




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