just a personal interest question. what style, how many kata, and what are their names? and a general background on the style if possible.
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Kyokushinkai and Gojuryu tend to have lower numbers. I do not train in either but I believe 12 in each (generally), remember- each school could have its own specific requirements or if not the school, the organization. Although there are a number of martial arts without kata, strictly speaking, no main branch of karate cuts them out.
Kyokushinkai is known more as a sport karate. At higher levels people participate in full contact matches without pads. They are not allowed to punch to the face in this but kicks are fair game. They also do leg kicks. It was founded by Mas Oyama who has quite an interesting story if you’re interested in looking it up.
Gojuryu is known as “hard and soft”. It is supposed to have more technique left over from Nahate (one of the original Okinawan schools that we hear about through oral tradition).
The fewer the number of kata usually means a style with classical katas, which in turn means they are far more difficult to learn and are complex.
Larger numbers of katas usually indicate the classical katas have been broken down into simpler katas that build upon one another as the beginner learns. It was supposed to be an approach to make karate more accessible to the general population.
I don’t usually site wikipedea but this answers your question accurately.
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