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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.
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.
Katas are used in Karate in order to practice certain techniques (i.e. kicking combinations) as well as for conditioning purposes, muscle memory, focus/concentration, etc. For other Karate katas, please visit the main Martial Arts Kata 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.
"Official" Shotokan Karate Katas
- Shotokan Karate Kata 1 - Heian Shodan - This is the first "official" kata used at many Shotokan schools.
- Shotokan Karate Kata 2 - Heian Nidan
- Shotokan Karate Kata 3 - Heian Sandan
- Shotokan Karate Kata 4 - Heian Yondan
- Shotokan Karate Kata 5 - Heian Godan
- Shotokan Karate Kata 6 - Tekki Shodan
- Shotokan Karate Kata 7 - Tekki Nidan
- Shotokan Karate Kata 8 - Tekki Sandan
- Shotokan Karate Kata 9 - Bassai Dai
- Shotokan Karate Kata 10 - Bassai Sho
- Kanku Dai
- Kanku Sho
- Enpi or Empi
- Gojushiho Dai
- Gojushiho Sho
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