Created by Ankoh Itosu the first 5 kata students learn are the Heian Kata and they are taught in the following order - Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan, Godan. Learning these 5 Heian kata will take the student up to brown belt grade.
These kata are integral to the foundation of a students karate technique and hold a wealth of information regarding self protection principles and techniques. They also pave the way to the advanced kata the student will learn from brown belt onwards.
Leading up to Black Belt and beyond students learn the following senior kata: Ananko, Kosokun Dai, Seipai, Basai Dai, Kururunfa, Seinchin, Shisochin, Rohai, Neiseishi.
ALL the Kata are available to view on the LTK App, or specific Kata books to purchase, full details below!
Lee Taylor has created the 'Lee Taylor Karate App' for your Android smartphones and tablets. What this means is that LTK students can have video references of karate drills / kata / bunkai information at your fingertips! The app will be updated regularly and will contain videos on the following topics: Solo Kata, Impact and Pad Drills, Seminar Footage from Lee and other Instructors, Karate Throws, Locks and Ground Drills, Forthcoming Events Info. Along with other content as we continue to expand the LTK app. Get yours from the App store today!
The Heians or Pinans are widely the most recognisable and practised kata in Karate circles today, and they are the foundation within the LTK syllabus for all students.
This book is a valuable resource for all students of LTK who wish to have a better understanding of these kata to help them progress through the belt system, and can also be used as an aide memoir when away from the dojo.
Ananko Kata Form & Function is the new book released by Lee. Ananko kata is a senior black belt kata so is ideal for LTK's black belt students as an aide memoir.
With over 300 detailed pictures this book shows how a kata can be deciphered, analysed and practised allowing it to become and effective tool for a physical confrontation.