From our friends at the SKC:
“Kata is often described as a set sequence of karate moves organized into a pre-arranged fight against imaginary opponents. The kata consists of kicks, punches, sweeps, strikes, blocks, and throws. Body movement in various kata includes stepping, twisting, turning, dropping to the ground, and jumping. In Shotokan, kata is not a performance or a demonstration, but is for individual karateka to practice full techniques—with every technique potentially a killing blow; while paying particular attention to form and timing (rhythm).”
If you are a student and would like to practice a kata that has been taught to you by one of our blackbelts, please use this link to watch videos of our katas, as posted by the SKC in Calgary.