Official kata list

Only kata from the official kata list may be performed:

Anan DaiKanchinPinan 1-5
AnankoKanku DaiRohai
AoyagiKanku ShoSaifa (Saiha)
Bassai DaiKanshuSanchin
Bassai ShoKishimoto No KushankuSansai
Chatanyara KushankuKosokun (Kushanku)Sanseiru
Chibana No KushankuKosokun (Kushanku) DaiSanseru
ChinteKosokun (Kushanku) ShoSeichan
ChintoKyan No WanshuSeienchin
EnpiKyan No ChintoSeienchin
Fukygata 1-2KururunfaSeipai
GaryuMatsumura RohaiSeisan
Gekisai (Geksai) 1-2MatsukazeShiho Kousoukun
GojushihoMatsumura BassaiShinpa
Gojushiho DaiMeikyoShinsei
Gojushiho ShoMyojoShisochin
HakuchoNaifanchin (Naihanshin) 1-3Sochin
HaufaNipaipoTekki 1-3
Heian 1-5NiseishiTensho
HeikuOhanTomari Bassai
Ishimine BassaiOyadomari No PassaiUnsu (Unshu)
Itosu Rohai 1-3PachuUseishi (Gojushiho)

Note: Names of some kata are duplicated due to the variations customary in spelling in Romanization. In several instances a kata may be known under a different name from style (Ryu-ha) to style, — and in
exceptional instances an identical name may in fact be a different kata from style to style.


In assessing the performance of a contestant or team the Judges will evaluate the performance based on equal weight to both of the major criteria (technical performance and athletic performance).

The performance is evaluated from the bow starting the kata until the bow ending the kata with the exception of team medal matches, where the performance, as well as the timekeeping starts at the bow
in the beginning of the kata and ends when the performers bow after completing the Bunkai.

The two major criteria are to be given equal importance in the evaluation of the performance.

Bunkai are to be given equal importance as the kata itself.

Kata Performance

Bunkai Performance
(applicable to team bouts for medals)

1. Technical performance
a. Stances
b. Techniques
c. Transitional movements
d. Timing/Synchronisation
e. Correct breathing
f. Focus (kime)
g. Technical difficulty
h. Conformance: Consistence in the performance of the kihon of the style (ryu-ha) in the kata.

1. Technical performance
a. Stances
b. Techniques
c. Transitional movements
d. Timing
e. Control
f. Focus (kime)
g. Difficulty of techniques
h. Conformance (to kata): Using the actual movements as performed in the kata.

2. Athletic performance
a. Strength
b. Speed
c. Balance
d. Rhythm

2. Athletic performance
a. Strength
b. Speed
c. Balance
d. Timing


A competitor or a team of competitors may be disqualified for any of the following reasons:

1. Performing the wrong kata or announcing the wrong kata.

2. Failing to bow at the beginning and completion of the kata performance.

3. A distinct pause or stop in the performance.

4. Interference with the function of the judges (such as the judge having to move for safety reasons or making physical contact with a judge).

5. Belt falling off during the performance.

6. Exceeding the total time limit of 6 minutes duration for Kata and Bunkai.

7. Performing a scissor takedown technique to the neck area in Bunkai (Jodan Kani Basami)

8. Failure to follow the instructions of the Chief Judge or other misconduct.


The following fouls, if apparent, must be considered in the evaluation according to above
a) Minor loss of balance.
b) Performing a movement in an incorrect or incomplete manner such as failure to fully execute a block or punching off target.
c) Asynchronous movement, such as delivering a technique before the body transition is completed, or in the case of team kata; failing to do a movement in unison.
d) Use of audible cues (from any other person, including other team members) or theatrics such as stamping the feet, slapping the chest, arms, or karate-gi, or inappropriate exhalation, must be considered very serious fouls by the judges in their evaluation of the performance of the kata – on the same level as one would penalize a temporary loss of balance.
e) Belt coming loose to the extent that it is coming off the hips during the performance.
f) Time wasting, including prolonged marching, excessive bowing or prolonged pause before starting the performance.
g) Distracting Judges by moving around while the opponent is performing
h) Causing injury by lack of controlled technique during Bunkai.


I. Kata is not a dance or theatrical performance. It must adhere to the traditional values and principles. It must be realistic in fighting terms and display concentration, power, and
potential impact in its techniques. It must demonstrate strength, power, and speed — as well as grace, rhythm, and balance.

II. In Team Kata, all three team members must start the Kata facing in the same direction and towards the Chief Judge.

III. The members of the team must demonstrate competence in all aspects of the Kata performance, as well as synchronisation.

IV. It is the sole responsibility of the coach or the competitor to ensure that the Kata as notified to the score table is appropriate for that particular round.

V. Although performing a scissor takedown technique to the neck (Kani Basami) area in performing Bunkai is prohibited, a scissor takedown to the body is permitted.