December 5, 2023

Kata Training

Approved Kata:

Youth:   Shotokan Heian  Kata Series – and for those without prior karate experience.  Note from Kent Hayek, (admin) I have included the following kata from the Shotokan group.  Prior to training with Oyata Sensei, I received a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. The Heian Kata are of Okinawan orgin and were previously called Pinan Kata, Gichin Funakoshi changed the name when he formed Shotokan Karate in Japan.  Funakoshi Sensei is known as the father of “Modern Karate”. 

  1. Taikyoku Shodan:    • Kata Taikykoku Shodan Full Tutorial   
  2. Heian Shodan:    • Kata Heian Shodan Full Tutorial  
  3. Heian Nidan:    • Kata Heian Nidan Full Tutorial  
  4. Heian Sandan:    • Kata Heian Sandan Full Tutorial  
  5. Heian Yondan:    • Kata Heian Yondan Full Tutorial  
  6. Heian Godan:    • Kata Heian Godan Full Tutorial  


Note about Koryu Karate or “Old School Karate” from Kent Hayek (admin),  there is a huge difference between the performance of Koryu Karate Kata as compared to modern karate kata.  The modern version of the kata is done for competition and the movements are modified for aesthetics.  The Koryu Karate Kata are defined by precise stances and upper body movements that are essential for combat.  Just one key area of the difference is that modern kata utilizes exaggerated hip motion that telegraphs the techniques to the opponent.

RyukyuTe Required Kata

  1. RyukyuTe – Oyata – Oyata Naihanchi Shodan
  2. RyukyuTe – Oyata – Oyata Naihanchi Nindan 
  3. RyukyuTe – Oyata – Oyata Naihanchi Sandan

Motobu-ryu of Oyata Sensei (probably the most classical Naihanchi Kata)

  1. Motobu-ryu Gotente:  Naihanchi Kata   Note the lack of hip motion!