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:
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
To 3rd Dan
Above 3rd Dan/General Training