We have had some questions about the Kata we practice - it is fantastic to see so many students interested in what they are learning. Here are details of the Kata we practice at Roffey Karate Club. Keep an eye on updates here, as there will be more detailed posts about the individual Kata posted. Here is one about the first Kata we learn, Pinan Nidan http://www.roffeykarateclub.co.uk/kata-pinan-nidan/
Kata is one of the fundamental aspects of the study of Karate. Kata combines strikes, blocks and other moves into a set sequence.
When Karate was being developed in Okinawa, kata was the principal means of teaching. Yasutsune Itosu developed the Pinan katas around 1905. Itosu is said to have learned a kata from a Chinese man living in Okinawa. Itosu then formed five katas from this longer kata, as he thought would be easier to learn. These five kata were Pinan Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan, and...