Monday, 15 October 2018

What kata do I teach outside of the standard 26?

Kakuyoku Shodan
The opening of the 'Falling Leaf' kata: Rakuyo. It is the third in a series of kata, which includes Hachimon and Senka.

There have been some questions about what I teach outside of the 26 standard Shotokan kata. In the past I had more kata (which I still archive), but my official koten-gata have been abbreviated: to what I have deciphered as being utterly essential.

None of these kata are compulsory, except (1) Junro Shodan; (2) Junro Shodan or any other Junro kata (free choice) for Nidan  karateka and above; and (3) a Jiyu-gata for Sandan karateka and above. ALWAYS...Compulsary are the five Heian,  Tekki Shodan and at least one of the four Sentei-gata (Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Enpi and Jion).

The following 'KOTEN-GATA' list is what I have been following the last seven years, since 2010. I will not go into oyo (application) publicly but what I teach -- from Asai Sensei -- is a very unique system, which is organizationally in-house, and strongly connects with Okinawa and China.


1.       Junro Shodan

2.       Junro Nidan

3.       Junro Sandan

4.       Junro Yondan

5.       Junro Godan


6.       Kibaken

7.       Kyakusen (Ashi-barai no kata)

8.       Joko Issei

9.      Joko Nisei

10.   Joko Sansei

11.   Joko Yonsei

12.   Joko Gosei

13.   Rantai (Ransetsu)

14.   Seiryu

15.   Meikyo Nidan

16.   Meikyo Sandan

17.   Kakuyoku Shodan

18.   Kakuyoku Nidan

19.   Kakuyoku Sandan

20.   Sensho (Shotei Sho)

21.   Shotei Dai

22.   Hachimon

23.   Senka

24.   Rakuyo

25.   Kashu (Hi no te)

26.   Roshu (Nami no te)

27.   Suishu (Mizu no te)

28. Hushu (Kaze no te)

The final two kata teach the highest level of Bujutsu karate no gokui-waza.

29.  Kaminari-arashi 雷嵐

30. Raiko 雷光

The rationale behind practising these additional kata is "karate as effective martial arts". Learning new kata for 'kata sake' (pun for non-Japanese readers intended) has no meaning. These additional kata are for kumite/self-defence training 'specific for individuals'. In this regard, to individualistic specificity, they are very useful for developing high level 'Martial Art Karate' skills.

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2018).

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