As a performance, it is a great form of physical conditioning and a major discipline within Competitive Karate. It improves balance and co-ordination, speed and strength, focus, timing, body mechanics and technique. It is also great for young children to improve their attention.

In International level competition, the standard of Kata is very high; it seems mostly dominated by countries such as Spain, France, Italy and Japan. In recent years England has really started to make its mark on the World and European stage.


There are many styles of Kata, to say one style is better than the other is ignorant, what separates styles is really only aesthetics. Many styles have the same Kata in them and the applications are exactly the same, they are all a variation on a common theme. Ultimately at the Academy we don’t deal with style, so if you have trained in Karate before, don’t worry about it.

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