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Kata is generally regarded as the art form to karate, however its practice extends well beyond an art form. In short, kata are formalised sequences of movements put together to represent various offensive and defensive techniques, strategies and postures involving striking, blocking, wrestling and grappling, throwing, sweeping, destabilising etc. Click here to learn more about Kata.
Kata practise is an excellent physical workout, focusing on developing endurance, strength, explosive speed, correct posture, coordination, flexibility and breathing. From a self-defence perspective, it seeks to forge a student’s body into a weapon (so to speak) and then teach the student how to use this weapon. Kata also trains the mind, developing a students concentration and self-discipline.
There are 15 different kata in GKR Karate’s Grading Syllabus. The balance between offensive and defensive techniques, the stances used and the direction and flow of movement all serve to give each kata its own distinctive character. Each kata is also unique in that it teaches not only different self-defence techniques, but promotes a different set of senjutsu (combat strategies or philosophies).
While the kata start out relatively simple to learn and perform, as you progress through the grades they will become more complex and challenging – yet equally exciting. Each kata is considered by many as an exciting, life-long adventure. The novice student will feel that they have mastered one kata and want to move on. Meanwhile the advanced student understands that the more they know about each kata, the more they don’t really know.