In Shotokan Karate,how many kata must one learn to progress from one belt to the next?

In Shotokan Karate,how many kata must one learn to progress from one belt to the next?

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3 Responses to In Shotokan Karate,how many kata must one learn to progress from one belt to the next?

  1. Kokoro says:

    that depends upon the dojo and how many belts they have as well as how many kata they teach.
    i have seen dojo’s with 6 belts before black or as many as 10 plus
    there are any where from 18 to 36 plus kata in shotokan. most dojo’s or associations teach 26 a few teach 18 a few others teach 36 there are even some that teach close to a 100.
    most place will teach for the early ranks 1 kata then as you get more advance you learn 2 to 3 kata. a few kata don’t go by rank.

  2. Jim R says:

    Kokoro is right. It depends on the dojo, the instructor, and the organization.
    Shotokan has evolved into different organizations, which have different goals.
    And different teachers see things differently. I even teach different kata to different students, and sometimes teach them differently for different students. there is no exact standard, sorry.

  3. Karate Dave says:

    In the Karate of Japan Federation we have 9 of what we consider the core kata, Taikyoko shodan and Sandan, the 5 Heian kata, Tekki Shodan, and Bassai Dai. Every one learns these kata in that order to get to black belt. After that the order and progression varies depending on the student and their needs / abilities. By the rank of Godan you should be familiar with all of the 28 kata that are the primary kata of Shotokan. You won’t necessarily be tested on all 28 but must be familiar with them.
    We also use a few supplemental kata. Those being the first 3 Junro kata from the Assai Ha Shotokan system and Nijuhachiho. These are not taught to everyone, and are not a test requirement. When they are taught also varies from student to student.

    That is how we do it. Now as already pointed out that varies from Association to Association and some what from class to class.

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