- 1. Sanchin
This kata name means three conflicts. It develops
coordination of body and mind through the control of
muscle tension and breathing. This was one of the nine
original katas that came from China. It was originally
performed with open hands.
- 2. Kihon Kata
This is an introductory kata and the name means basic
form. It has movements that teach striking and moving. It
is a Goju-Kai (Japanese) form.
- 3. Uke Kata
This is also an introductory kata and the name means
blocking form. It that teaches various blocks. It is a
Goju-Kai (Japanese) form.
- 4. Geki Sai Dai Ichi
The name means attach and smash first version.
Chojin Myagi made this kata from basic techniques in 1940
to help the average person become stronger.
- 5. Geki Sai Dai Ni
The name means attach and smash second version.
Chojin Myagi made this kata as well. It introduces open
hand techniques and nekko washi movements.
- 6. Saifa - The
name of this kata means to destroy or defeat. This was
one of the nine original katas that came from China. This
kata uses circularly applied striking techniques with
whip like motions and introduces some escape techniques.
- 7. Seiyunchin
The name of this kata means attack, conquer &
suppress the rebellious from afar. It is a tiger animal
form and uses the tiger stance - shiko dachi. This kata
develops the strength of the hips and legs with a
combination of varied hand techniques.
- 8. Shisochin
The nameof this kata means four conflicts or
fighting four monks (shi sho chin). It emphasizes open
hand techniques coordinated with controlled hip
movements. Some people say this is a continuation of
- 9. Sanseru
The name of this kata means thirty-six steps. This kata
is a dragon animal form and uses the dragon style stance
- sanchin dachi. It develops the use of low kicks and
double hand techniques.
- 10. Sepai - The
name of this kata means eighteen or pounce on the prey.
This form is also a tiger animal form and some people
think it is a contiuation of the Seisan kata. It is made
up of a variety of unusual hand, foot and body
- 11. Kururunfa
The name of this kata means seventeen. It develops
the use of a wide variety of open hand techniques
combined with hip hand coordination. This kata has many
hidden (kakushita) moves. Some people believe that this
kata was a continuation of Suparunpei kata and that it
was split up because it was too long.
- 12. Sesan - The
name of this kata means thirteen. It is an esthetic kata
that epitomizes the essence of Goju-Ryu using a number of
soft and hard techniques. This is an advanced tiger
animal style form. Some people believe it is a
continuation from Seiyunchin kata.
- 13. Suparunpei -
The name of this kata means one hundred and eight steps.
This is Goju-Ryus longest kata and utilizes a large
number of techniques along with breath control. It
contains the largest variety of applications and depth of
meaning. It is one of the oldest know forms and was
originated in China during the 16th century by
the Chinese General Ye Fei.
- 14. Tensho - The
name of this kata means turning hands or turning palms.
It is also called Rokkishu. It was created by Chojin
Myagi. It was designed to be a high level breath control
and hand technique kata. It is a soft or Ju kata from
which the style gets the name Go-Ju (hard-soft).