Taikyoku

It is not very clear who devised these three kata, but it is claimed by Gichin Funakoshi that he created them...

Pinan

The five Pinan kata were said to have been created by Anko Itosu (Funakoshi's instructor) in 1905 in order to simplify instruction...

Sanchin

Sanchin kata is derived from the name of the stance that is used in the kata. Historically the name is probably taken from a ...

Geksai

ata Gekisai Ichi and Gekisai Ni were introduced in the 1940's by Sensei Chojun Miyagi founder of Goju Ryu karate...