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Karate develops discipline through Kata for Beginners

“Form 1 is for the beginner to develop his or her technique into smooth and powerful motion”.

Recite the meaning each time you practice your form.  This form is required to advance to your Yellow-White belt.

KATA is formal exercise with imaginary opponents.

Imagine you are blocking and striking someone and work to improve as you perform.

Start slow as you learn.  Be sure you are confident with what you have practiced before moving to the next move of the form. Use the “TIPS” method to practice.


As you improve try the “SPIT” method to practice.


Also important:

  • Prep for your technique before you move and look before moving as if you see the opponent approaching.
  • Your facial expression should show others that you are strong and ready to defend yourself.
  • Finish your stance before you execute your technique.
  • Inhale as you move and exhale as you execute the technique.

Your Kata training will give you a great workout if it is done with the intention of improving your performance.

Other things to think about for this kata:

  • Stance – this is the foundation of your kata. Think of the forward stance as being built in a square with the front foot in the top left side and the rear in the bottom right side of the square for the first step.
    • Front knee is bent over the front foot, but not pushed in front of the knee.
  • Posture should be straight and tall with the eyes toward your opponent.
    • Imagine a book on your head.
  • The low block should finish with the elbow bent and the hand just over the thigh.
  • The punch should strike to the solar plexus.
  • Even exchange of technique.  Execute technique as you pull back to chamber.

              “Perfect practice make perfect”

The regular practice of kata is essential as it develops the proper body mechanic, help builds muscle memory, develops mindfulness and favors the adequate execution of breathing, but its purpose is actually the core of karate.