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Katas are set sequences of blocks, punches, strikes and kicks. The Japanese word kata literally means "form" or "mould". There are 27 katas that we practice in the SKA. The Cambridge club has a web page listing all of the katas, with links to a page dedicated to each one.

Click here to go to the Cambridge kata page

Katas on Karate Masters

We are starting to develop some pages on specific katas here on SKA Karate Masters, to aid students who are studying for gradings in seeing how different katas are to be performed within the SKA. This list will be extended as time goes on.

Many of the videos that we are using feature Sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa, 10th Dan, founder of the Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation (SKIF). Sensei Kanazawa is one of the major figures of post-war karate, and was himself a student of both Sensei Funakoshi and Sensei Nakayama. He was one of the earliest teachers of karate in the UK, where he was the first instructor of the founder of the SKA, Sensei Greg Durant, 8th Dan.