Kata is often described as a set sequence of karate moves organized into a pre-arranged fight against imaginary opponents. The Kata consists of kicks, punches, sweeps, strikes, blocks, and throws. Body movement in various Kata includes stepping, twisting, turning and jumping. In Wado Karate Kata it is not a performance or a demonstration, but for a individual karate-ka to practice full techniques with every technique potentially a killing blow; while paying particular attention to form and timing.

Karate has different katas each with their own emphasis on fast and slow or controlled and powerful movements. Virtually all of the katas taught today in the Wado Karate system have two kiai points.

The kiai (shout) occurs only at certain pre-determined points in each Kata. It is precisely at these pre-determined points that the karate-ka is required to demonstrate a total commitment of body, mind, and spirit, and to channel all of their available energy and apply it appropriately to the required technique. The kiai is common practise that runs through all major the styles of karate.

It is important for every student to remember that as they rise up through the various kyu levels and Dan ranks, the continued regular practice of all of the previous katas that they have been taught is vital to their future progress.

West Glamorgan karate association Wado Ryu Kata List

Basic Level Meaning
Kihon Uke Basic Block
Kihon Shodan Basic Level 1
Kihon Nidan Basic Level 2
Kihon Sadan Basic Level 3
Kihon Yondan Basic Level 4
Kihon Godan Basic Level 5
Tenno Emperor Kata


Intermediate Level Meaning
Pinan Shodan Peaceful Mind 1
Pinan Nidan Peaceful Mind 2
Pinan Sandan Peaceful Mind 3
Pinan Yondan Peaceful Mind 4
Pinan Godan  Peaceful Mind 5


Advanced Level Meaning
Kushanku View The sky
Naihanchi Iron Horse
Seishan 13 Hands
Chinto Crane On A rock
Bassai Storm A Fortress
Wanshu Flying Swallow
Niseishi 24 Steps
Rohai Mirror of the soul
Jitte 10 Hands
Jion Shaolin Temple
Superimpei 108 Hands