KATA

The kata (forms) are a series of pre-arranged techniques performed against more than one imaginary opponent.

When performing kata, each technique must be executed with full awareness of its meaning, while at the same time, be part of the flow of all the techniques which comprise the kata.

It is also important to make full use of the three fundamental principles underlying all karate techniques. These are:
1. the correct application of strength
2. the selection of appropriate speed
3. the dynamics of movement involving the expansion and contraction of the body.

In addition, each kata must be done with the proper attitude, self-control and spirit which underlies the practice of a martial art.  

Usual kata requirements:

To 1st Dan

Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, Heian Godan.
Tekki Shodan, Tekki Nidan, Tekki Sandan.
Bassai Dai.

To 2nd Dan
Kanku Dai, Jion, Empi, Hangetsu, Jitte, Gankaku.

To 3rd Dan 
Sochin, Chinte, Nijushiho, Unsu, Kankusho, Gojushiho Sho, Gojushiho Dai, Bassai Sho, Meikyo Shodan, Jiin, Wankan.

Above 3rd Dan/General Training
All of the above plus a large number of other kata according to the ability, interest and commitment of the karate practitioner.

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