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Shotokan Katas

There are 26 Shotokan Katas.


Basic Katas

The first five katas that Shotokan practitioners learn are the basic Heian Katas.

 1. Heian Shodan

 2. Heian Nidan

 3. Heian Sandan

 4. Heian Yondan

 5. Heian Godan.

Advanced Katas

The World Karate Federation  (WKF) allows karate practitioners to perform any of the other 21 advanced Shotokan Katas.

 1. Bassai-Dai

 2. Bassai-Sho

 3. Kanku-Dai

 4. Kanku-Sho

 5. Tekki-Shodan

 6. Tekki-Nidan

 7. Tekki-Sandan

 8. Hangetsu

 9. Jitte

 10. Enpi

 11. Gankaku

 12. Jion

 13. Sochin

 14. Nijushiho Sho

 15. Goju Shiho-Dai

 16. Goju Shiho-Sho

 17. Chinte

 18. Unsu

 19. Meikyo

 20. Wankan

 21. Jiin

The Most Difficult Kata 

One of the favourite and most difficult Shotokan Katas performed worldwide is Unsu. To perform Unsu well, a karate practitioner requires impeccable balance, strength and kime (concentration of power). The 360 degree jump and spins on one leg have made unsu a favourite kata to be performed at competitions and in Dan gradings.