1. Kata is a
characteristic part of the Martial Arts of Okinawa. And forms are based
upon the actual experience of the old Karate Masters during battle. They
are therefore, based on reality.
2. The practice of Kata must not
be confined to the body, but must also exercise the intellect and the
3. Each Kata must start and end
with Courtesy shown by a bow.
4. A Kata is not an accumulation
of basic techniques, but a whole form which from beginning to end must be
performed in a flowing, but active and energetic way as if it were a
living entity, not just a series of movements.
5. No Kata must be altered to
suit the performance of the performer.
6. The three important points of
adjustments of power, hard and soft, the slowness or the speed of
techniques, and the movement and stretching of the body must be made clear
7. The movements of Kata must be
performed in sequence.
8. The movements of the Kata and
the performers breathing must relate, and fast sequences of techniques
must be executed in one breath.
9. The numbers of steps and hand
movements in a Kata must be uniform, and the ideal time required for the
performance of each Kata must be understood.
10. The direction in which the eyes look must
correspond with the movements of the Kata, and the intention of the
performer must be made clear from his or her movements.