This is a video list of Kyokushin Karate Katas with Instruction. Kata (or literally: “form”), a Japanese word, are detailed choreographed patterns of movements practised either solo or in pairs. The term form is used for the corresponding concept in non-Japanese martial arts in general.

Please note that each organization interprets kata in their unique way. There will be slight differences among these. The videos presented are mostly from the IKO1 versions.

Kata originally were teaching and training methods by which successful combat techniques were preserved and passed on. The basic goal of kata is to preserve and transmit proven techniques and to practice self-defence. By practicing in a repetitive manner the learner develops the ability to execute those techniques and movements in a natural, reflex-like manner.  

The study of the meaning of the movements is referred to as the BUNKAI, meaning analysis, of the kata. For Bunkai, or application of kata movements:

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太極 Taikyoku

Taikyoku is literally translated as “grand ultimate”, from the characters Tai 太, meaning big, and Kyoku 極, meaning extreme, conclusion or end. In Chinese, the kanji characters are pronounced Tai Chi (or Taiji). The word Taikyoku can also mean overview or the whole point – seeing the whole rather than focusing on the individual parts, and keeping an open mind or beginner’s mind. The beginner’s mind is what is strived for during training and in life. The beginner’s mind does not hold prejudice and does not cling to a narrow view. The beginner’s mind is open to endless possibilities.

Taikyoku Sono IchiTaikyoku Sono Ichi

Taikyoku Sono NiTaikyoku Sono Ni

Taikyoku Sono SanTaikyoku Sono San

平安 Pinan

The Pinan Katas were created by ‘Anko’ Yasutsune Itosu Sensei in 1905.

Pinan (Heian in Japanese) is the Okinawan pronunciation of the meaning “safe from harm”.

For a complete history of the Pinan Katas, click here.

Pinan Sono Ichi, demonstrated by Hajime KazumiPinan Sono Ichi

Pinan Sono Ni, as demonstrated by Hajime KazumiPinan Sono Ni

Pinan Sono San, as demonstrated by Hajime KazumiPinan Sono San

Kyokushin Karate Kata Sanchin no KataSanchin

Pinan Sono Yon, demonstrated by Hajime KazumiPinan Sono Yon

Pinan Sono Go, demonstrated by Hajime KazumiPinan Sono Go

Gekisai DaiGekisai Dai


Tsuki No KataTsuki No Kata


Saiha (known also as Saifa)Saiha (known also as Saifa)

Kanku DaiKanku Dai

Gekisai ShoGekisai Sho



Bo Katas of Kyokushin Karate:

Kyokushin Bo Kata Ichi Kyokushin Bo Kata Ichi

Kyokushin Bo Kata NiKyokushin Bo Kata Ni

Kyokushin Bo Kata San Kyokushin Bo Kata San

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  1. pierre

    Do you have a list of ura? I’ve found some on the internet but not every one.
    Thanks A LOT fr this website, congrats.


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