SSKA Karate Bicester
Southern Shotokan Karate Association

Kata


Bunkai Kumite Kata


"In Bunkai Kumite practice, you decide which offensive technique to use in advance and then execute a serious attack with which you can defeat an opponent with one strike. It is against this kind of serious attack that you practice techniques included in the kata in order to master how to deal with rapid speed, power based on force, and all sorts of changes in the attacks. The techniques included in the kata teach you to enter into your opponent's attack in various ways. However, it is difficult for a beginner to enter easily into an attack because he feels afraid. If you become able to execute kata in a precise manner, you will be able to go forward towards your opponent's attack and execute a technique on him. At this point, you will no longer be afraid." - Kenji Ushiro, 2003



Recommended kata websites:

Sommaire De La Partie Kata Et Bunkai (Synopsis of Kata and Bunkai)
Shotokan-Arts Katavid
Karate SCO Sainte-Marguerite - Kata and Bunkai Videos

Kata Names And Meanings

Kata Kihon (Taikyoku Shodan):
Basic Kata or
First Cause


Heian Shodan:
Peaceful Mind (First Level) or
Way Of Peace (First Level)



Heian Nidan:
Peaceful Mind (Second Level) or
Way Of Peace (Second Level)



Heian Sandan:
Peaceful Mind (Third Level) or
Way Of Peace (Third Level)



Heian Yondan:
Peaceful Mind (Fourth Level) or
Way Of Peace (Fourth Level)



Heian Godan:
Peaceful Mind (Fifth Level) or
Way Of Peace (Fifth Level)



Tekki Shodan:
Horse Riding (First Level) or
Iron Horse (First Level)



Tekki Nidan:
Horse Riding (Second Level) or
Iron Horse (Second Level)


Tekki Sandan:
Horse Riding (Third Level) or
Iron Horse (Third Level)


Bassai Dai:
Penetrate A Fortress (Major) or
Storm A Fortress (Major)



Bassai Sho:
Penetrate A Fortress (Minor) or
Storm A Fortress (Minor)


Kanku Dai:
Viewing The Sky (Major) or
Watch The Sky (Major)

Kanku Sho:
Viewing The Sky (Minor) or
Watch The Sky (Minor)


Hangetsu:
Half Moon


Empi/Enpi:
Flying Swallow



Gankaku:
Crane On A Rock


Jitte:
Ten Hands



Jion:
Named after the Temple Jion


Ji'in:
Named after Saint Ji'in or
Temple Grounds

Chinte:
Chinese Hands or Strange Hands or
Incredible Hands

Meikyo:
Polished Mirror or
Mirror Of The Soul or
Cleaning A Mirror

Nijushiho:
Twenty Four Steps or
Twenty Four Techniques


Sochin:
Immovable In The Face Of Danger or
Old Man Fighting or
Preserve The Peace


Wankan:
King's Crown or
Crown Of A King

Unsu:
Hands In The Cloud or
Separating The Clouds

Gojushiho Dai:
Fifty Four Steps (Major) or
Fifty Four Techniques (Major)

Gojushiho Sho:
Fifty Four Steps (Minor) or
Fifty Four Techniques (Minor)