Kata

Meaning 1: shoulder

Meaning 2: A form of practice performed alone. Kata forms are typically a series of movements that reinforce the basic, intermediate and advanced movements of a system into a series of techniques and sequences. A budoka repeats these movements in a defined order to enable a deeper understanding and mastery of the material. Kata is a nuanced practice that has many known and hidden levels that become apparent to the practitioner the more the sequences are practiced. In this respect kata often is considered to have both a observed and hidden aspect.

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