Kata

Kata is a conventionalised form of fight against one or more real or imaginary opponents. During Kata defenses, attacks or counter-attacks in preassigned sequence and modality have to be performed. The practise of Kata force the student to repeat the always similar situations without any variation. Thus basic principle of the martial art are internalised over a long-term process. Hence Kata serve the purpose of preserve the essence of the style and to give it from one generation to the next, even if other forms of training are varied and adapted to new demands.

Since Soke Hayashi considered the Kata as the core of Karate-Do, and thus attached great importance to the practise of Kata, this is the main element in our training.

Soke Mitsuya explained very detailed the essence and the techniques of the Kata Kata Heian-Shodan, Heian-Nidan, Heian-Sandan, Heian-Yondan, Heian-Godan, Jitte, Bassai-Dai, Seienchin, Lo-Hai und Nipaipo in his book "Karate-Do Kata, Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu" (ISBN 2-84445-169-1). The book is translated in four languages (french, english, german and italian) and highly recommended for every Karateka, because every technique in the Kata is explained by at least one picture. However the book will not replace the training with a Sensei, because certain subtleties of Bunkai (application of particular Kata techniques), transition between movements and so on, have to be carried out by an experienced master.

According to technical maturity and skill more and more Kata are learned gradually.

The most important and practised Kata in our style are the following:

Karate:
  • Kihon Kata Ichi
  • Ten-No-Kata
  • Chi-No-Kata
  • Heian Shodan
  • Heian Nidan
  • Heian Sandan
  • Heian Yondan
  • Heian Godan
  • Jion
  • Jitte
  • Jiin
  • Bassai-Dai
  • Heiku
  • Kosokun-Dai
  • Seienchin
  • Lo-Hai (Rohai)
  • Nipaipo
  • Niseishi
  • Seipai
  • Unshu
  • Saifa
  • Sanchin
  • A-Nan
  • Suparimpei
  • Kururunfa
  • Goju-Shiho
Kobudo:
  • Shodan-No-Bo
  • Nidan-No-Bo
  • Sandan-No-Bo
  • Shushi-No-Bo
  • Kobu-No-Bo
  • Katen-No-Bo