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Kata is paramount to the practise of KDS Karate. It is essential in order to develop the body condition required for longevity and true progression with the KDS practise.

KDS katas are performed slowly initially. This allows the body to learn how to fully use the musculature in relaxed expansive and focused movements. Once this condition has been acheived any kata speed is possible for the karateka. In Master Harada's own words:

'Kata are very important, they strengthen the body, condition the mind, train the spirit, enhance co-ordination, improve the reflexes and allow contact with the past. They are the essence of Karate-Do'

Taken from 'Karate Master' by Clive Layton

The Kata Master Harada teaches are:

Shorin-ryu Forms

Taikyoku - First Cause

Shodan (1st)
Nidan (2nd)
Sandan (3rd)

Heian - Peaceful Mind

Shodan (1st)
Nidan (2nd)
Sandan (3rd)
Yodan (4th)
Godan (5th)

Bassai - To Penetrate a Fortress

Dai (Major)
Sho (Minor)

Kanku - To Look at the Sky

Dai (Major)
Sho (Minor)

Empi - Flying Swallow
Gankaku - Crane on a Rock

Shorei-ryu Forms

Tekki - Horse Riding

Shodan (1st)
Nidan (2nd)
Sandan (3rd)

Jutte - Ten Hands
Hangetsu - Half Moon
Jion - named after a Buddhist temple


Jiin - named after a Buddhist saint
Meikyo - Mirror of the Soul
Nijushiho - Twenty Four Steps
Sochin - Preserve the Peace

Goju Kata


Bo Kata

Shu Shi No Kon

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