Kata is the preset sequence of moves against imaginary opponents. It is in kata that the practitioner starts to consider how they may apply their kihon against a foe. There are over 25 katas practiced widely within Shotokan karate, and these can be split – very broadly – into beginner’s katas and master katas. That is not to say that practitioners who execute master katas are “masters”. Indeed, one can never truely master a kata, only practice it, but the distinction is used widely within Shotokan associations, and so it is made here.
Milan Dukic Kata