Kata, or forms, are at the heart of karate and are the 'trademark' of the style. They can be seen as a dictionary of techniques, while also teaching speed, power, balance and footwork. Kata are not just a repetitive performance art - through their solo practice the martial artist faces the internal challenge for mastery of technique, while unlocked with a partner, they reveal a complete set of applicable fighting skills.

Basic beginner's kata: | Kihon Kata |

Other Shotokan kata :

| Gojushiho Dai | Gojushiho Sho | Unsu | Chinte | Meikyo | Wankan |

Illustrations from the first karate book: Ryukyu Kenpo Toudi (1922) by Gichin Funakoshi