Kata Syllabus

Kata (Japanese: 形, or more traditionally, 型; lit. “form”) is a Japanese word describing detailed patterns of movements practiced either solo or in pairs.

Karate kata are executed as a specified series of a variety of moves, with stepping and turning, while attempting to maintain perfect form.

The kata is not intended as a literal depiction of a mock fight, but as a display of transition and flow from one posture and movement to another, teaching the student proper form and position, and encouraging them to visualise different scenarios for the use of each motion and technique. Karateka “read” a kata in order to explain the imagined events, a practice known as bunkai.

There are various kata, each with many minor variations.

Traditionally, kata are taught in stages. Previously learned kata are repeated to show better technique or power as a student acquires knowledge and experience.

It is common for students testing to repeat every Kata they have learned but at an improved level of quality.

For details on our belt syllabus please see below link.


Below is a list of the Kata practiced in the Wado Ryu Karate Style, these Kata’s are taught to Jersey Wado Ryu students and must be demonstrated with increasing proficiency throughout the belt grading syllabus.

We are proud of our Kata at Jersey Wado Ryu as it forms an integral part of our traditional teaching roots.

Pinan Nedan – Peaceful Mind Level Two

Pinan Shodan – Peaceful Mind Level Three

Pinan Sandan – Peaceful Mind Level Four

Pinan Yondan – Peaceful Mind Level Five

Pinan Godan – Peaceful Mind Level Six

Kushanku – To View the Sky

1st Dan or higher (Kata’s are selected at Instructors discretion )

Chinto – Fighter to the East

Wanshu – Dumping Form

Jion – Love and Goodness

Naihanchi – Iron Horse

Rohai – Bright Mirror

Jitte – Ten Hands

Nesieshi – Twenty-Four Steps

Seishan – Literal Meaning “13”

Bassai – Conquering the Fortress