Advanced Katas (Dan Grades)


Bassai Sho (to penetrate a fortress – small)

This kata was derived from Bassai-Dai. It has a similar performance line.

Chinte (rare hand)

Chinte has a lot of circular and roundhouse techniques. These are rare and are not typical of the shortest distance between two points concept of Shotokan.

Gankaku (crane on a rock)

The main stance in this kata (tsuruashi dachi) resembles a crane ready to strike at its prey. The movements are supposed to simulate a fight in the narrow alleyways of Okinawa. The former name of this kata was Chinto.

Goju Shi Ho Dai (fifty four steps – big)

This kata is one of the most advance kata of Shotokan. Master Funakoshi called it hotaku (knocking of a woodpecker) because some of the techniques resemble a woodpecker tapping its beak against a tree.


Goju Shi Ho Sho (fifty four steps – small)

This is a smaller version of Goju Shi Ho Dai. It is also one of the most advanced kata of Shotokan.

Hangetsu (half moon)

This kata received its name from its principal stance, hangetsu dachi (half moon stance).

Jiin (love and shadow)
Jiin is another term in Buddhism. It has similar techniques and performance line as Jion.


Jitte (ten hands)

The goal of this kata is to teach a student to fight against ten opponents. This is a strong kata, similar to jion and Jiin.

Kanku Sho (to view the sky – small)

Kanku Sho was created from Kanku Dai. The movements and performance line are similar.

Meikyo (bright mirror)
The first movements of this kata suggest the smoothing of water to make it as calm and even as a mirror. The triangle jump at the end of this kata is said to have a secret meaning portending to a miracle.


Niju Shi Ho (twenty-four steps)
The movements in this kata resemble waves breaking on a cliff. The former name of this kata was ni sei shi.


Sochin (strength and calm)
The name of this kata comes from its stance (sochin dachi), a strong, rooted stance. The purpose of this kata is to teach defense against a stick. Its former name was Hakko.

Tekki Nidan – (iron horse riding, second level)


Tekki Sandan – (iron horse riding, third level)


Unsu (cloud hands)
Unsu has several techniques that symbolize parting the clouds with open hands. It is also one of the most advanced kata of Shotokan.


Wankan (king and crown)
Wankan is the shortest kata in Shotokan.


LIST OF KATA's (click the links below to see each kata on video)

Belt's & Kata's for Grading


                          10th Kyu : White Belt

                         9th Kyu : Orange Belt

                         Heian Shodan – (peaceful mind, first level)

                         8th Kyu : Red Belt

                         Heian Shodan – (peaceful mind, first level)

                         7th Kyu : Yellow​ Belt

                         Heian Nidan – (peaceful mind, second level)

                         6th Kyu: Green Belt

                         Heian Sandan – (peaceful mind, third level)

                         5th Kyu: Purple Belt                           

                         Heian Yondan – (peaceful mind, fourth level)


                         4th Kyu - Purple & White Belt

                         Heian Godan – (peaceful mind, fifth level)

                         3rd Kyu - Brown Belt

                         Tekki Shodan – (iron horse riding, first level)

                         2nd Kyu - Brown & 1 White Stripe Belt

                         Bassai Dai (to penetrate a fortress – big) *

                         1st Kyu - Brown & 2 White Stripe Belt

                         Bassai Dai (to penetrate a fortress – big) *

                         BLACK BELT: SHODAN (1st DAN)

                         Bassai Dai  (to penetrate a fortress – big) *

                         * The strong techniques of this kata emphasize                               hip movement. Some resemble a battering ram                               being used against fortress walls.


Plus need to know all previous Kata and the following:

Empi (flying swallow)

The quick up and down movements of this kata are reminiscent of a flying swallow. Enpi is one of the oldest kata in Shotokan. Its former name was Wanshu.


Jion (love and goodness)

Jion is a term in Buddhism. It is also the name of a temple in China. It uses basic stances and techniques. It is one of the most traditional kata in Shotokan.

Kanku Dai (to view the sky – big)

Most of the elements of the Heian Kata were derived from this kata. The first movement in this kata views the sky, which symbolizes the universe and shows your opponent that you are unarmed. It was Master Funakoshi’s preferred kata.



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