SOTOKAN KARATE OF PAKISTANHeian Shodan (Peaceful Mind - Level 1)21 movements, Kiai on movements 9 and 17shotokan Heian Nidan (Peaceful Mind - Level 2)26 movements, Kiai on movements 11 and 26shotokan Heian Sandan (Peaceful Mind - Level 3)20 movements, Kiai on movements 10 and 20shotokan Heian Yondan (Peaceful Mind - Level 4)27 movements, Kiai on movements 13 and 25shotokan Heian Godan (Peaceful Mind - Level 5)23 movements, Kiai on movements 12 and 19shotokan Tekki Shodan (Iron Knight - Level 1)29 movements, Kiai on movements 15 and 29shotokan Tekki Nidan (Iron Knight - Level 2)24 movements, Kiai on movements 16 and 24shotokan Tekki Sandan (Iron Knight - Level 3)36 movements, Kiai on movements 16 and 36shotokan Bassai Dai (To penetrate a fortress)42 movements, Kiai on movements 19 and 42.
Note: On Okinawa, the "Bassai" kata were known as "Passai"
shotokan Kanku Dai (To view the sky)65 movements, Kiai on movements 15 and 65.
Note: When an intermediate student of Shotokan Kata views Kanku-Dai for the first time, there is always a sense of strong familiarity. This is because the Kata is made up primarily of techniques and combinations which appear in each of the 5 Heian Kata. It is widely believed that the Heian Kata were in fact each a small excerpt of Kanku-Dai, broken up to make learning this Kata easier for students. Whether this is true or not is not important, however it is true to say that once a student has a reasonable working knowledge of the 5 Heian Kata, Kanku-Dai is far easier to learn.
shotokan Jion (Named after the temple Jion-Ji)47 movements, Kiai on movements 17 and 47.
Note: This is the classic "mainstream" Shaolin Kata, complete with the "Ming" salute at the beginning. Shaolin was also named Jion-Ji by the Japanese but the literal translation of the Kanji is "to love the sound" (of Shaolin).
shotokan Enpi (Flight of the swallow)37 movements, Kiai on movements 15 and 36.
Note: A classic white crane style Kata brought to Okinawa in 1644 by Military Attach� Master Wang-Shu. The Kata was named after him hence its Okinawan name of "Wanshu". This translates to 'excellent or incredible arms.
shotokan Jitte (Ten Hands)24 movements, Kiai on movements 13 and 24.
Note: Also known as "Jutte", If you master this Kata, your enemies will feel as though you have ten hands.
shotokan Hangetsu (Half Moon)41 movements, Kiai on movements 11 and 40.
Note: This is a Wutang Kata that originated through Master Itosu's training in Na-Ha-te from Master Higaonna. It is named after the third Chinese Zen Patriarch but the name Hangetsu, given to it by Master Funakoshi, means "half or crescent moon" - a description of the dominant stance used in the Kata.
shotokan Gankaku (Crane standing upon a rock)42 movements, Kiai on movements 28 and 42.
Note: A White Crane form, this time taught by Master Ching-To, attaché to Okinawa from the Ming court in 1732, and so the Okinawans named it in his honour "Chinto". Master Funakoshi later renamed it Gankaku.
shotokan Bassai Sho (To penetrate a fortress- small)27 movements, Kiai on movements 17 and 22
Note: We are taught that Bassai-Dai symbolises the storming of a fortress and that Bassai-Sho symbolises the fight to capture the enemy.
shotokan Kanku Sho (To view the sky - small)47 movements, Kiai on movements 6 and 47.
Note: The Kanku Kata were taught to the Okinawans by Master Kwang Shang Fu - Military Attaché to Okinawa in 1724. The Okinawan way of saying his name is Kushanku and this was the Okinawan name for these Kata. Master Funakoshi changed the name to Kanku which means "to view the sky".
shotokan Chinte (Incredible Hands)32 movements, Kiai on movements 28 and 32.
Note: One of the older kata, with a yoi position that betrays its Wutang origin. The name has also been translated as meaning "to restore calm" or "to establish peace".
shotokan Sochin (Energetic Calm)40 movements, Kiai on movements 28 and 40.
Note: This kata was unsuccessfully renamed Hakko (Eight Storms) by Master Funakoshi. It is not known why some of Master Funokoshi's new kata names didn't succeed whilst others remain to this day.
shotokan Nijushio (24 Steps)33 movements, Kiai on movements 18 and 32.
Note: This kata is thought to have its origins in one of the Dragon sub-styles. The form they are taken from is called "Kaisan" and the old name was "Neseishi".
Meikyo (Bright Mirror)33 movements, Kiai on movement 32.
Note: This kata is sometimes referred to by the name "Rohai". It is believed that Meikyo is taken from one of four Rohai kata practised in Okinawa.
shotokan Gojushiho Dai (54 Steps - Big)62 movements, Kiai on movements 54 and 6.
Note: This kata was unsuccessfully renamed Hotaku, which is the Japanese name for "woodpecker". This was due to the likeness of the action of a woodpecker tapping its beak against a tree.
shotokan Gojushiho Sho (54 Steps - Small)65 movements, Kiai on movements 57 and 64.
Note: The "Gojushiho" kata have their origin in a Southern Shaolin Style called "Phoenix Eye". The form they are taken from is called "Kaisan" and their Okinawan name was "Useishi".
shotokan Unsu (Hands in the clouds)48 movements, Kiai on movements 38 and 48.
Note: The name used on Okinawa was "Unshou" and meant "cloud defence" - alleging that even if your enemies surround you like a cloud, you will surely defeat them if you master Unsu.
shotokan Wankan (Kings Crown)25 movements, Kiai on movement 25.
Note: The old name was "Wanduan" and the name translated to "sword arm". To the layman, Wankan appears to be a simple Kata to perform, mainly due to the short length and few movements. The truth is that the Kata is full of technical subtleties that make it far more difficult to perform than would first appear.
shotokan Ji'in (Named after the temple grounds of Jion-Ji)35 movements, Kiai on movements 11 and 35.
Note: This kata was unsuccessfully renamed "Shokyo" (Pine Shadow) by Master Funakoshi. Another Shaolin Classic with all of the above relating to "Jion" applying here too. The name translates to "love of truth".