Shotokan Karate Katas with Videos & Instructions

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Shotokan Karate Katas with Videos & Instructions

This page provides instructions for Shotokan katas and will prepare you for your next Karate belt test. You will find detailed written and/or video instructions for a wide variety of Shotokan kata and kihon. 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. In addition, students should also know the meaning of Shotokan Karate kata (because many Shotokan schools test their students on these kata meanings).

If you are looking for the bunkai of these katas, please visit the main Shotokan Bunkai section. For the katas of other Karate styles (i.e. Wado-Ryu katas or Kyokushin katas), please visit the main Katas & Forms section.

Martial Arts Books - Shotokan Kata

Shotokan Karate Katas - Click on pages below for kata videos and/or written instructions

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

"Official" Shotokan Karate Katas





Additional Kata Used By Some Shotokan Schools & Organizations

Reasons for Shotokan Kata

Many different Karate styles use kata 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. For additional benefits, you should read our section on the Benefits of Forms, Patterns & Kata. Whereas some martial arts question the value of kata, most Karate schools think that kata is an essential tool in order to train karate students.

To master kata, martial arts students should try to imagine that they are fighting an imaginary opponent. This allows students to practice "offensive" and "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.



Step-By-Step Instructional Video for Shotokan Kata - Heian Shodan

Demonstration Video for Shotokan Kata - Heian Shodan


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