Kata originally were teaching and training methods by which successful combat techniques were preserved and passed on. Practicing kata allowed a company of persons to engage in a struggle using a systematic approach, rather than as individuals in a disorderly manner.

The basic goal of kata is to preserve and transmit proven techniques and to practice self-defence. By practicing in a repetitive manner the learner develops the ability to execute those techniques and movements in a natural, reflex-like manner. Systematic practice does not mean permanently rigid. The goal is to internalize the movements and techniques of a kata so they can be executed and adapted under different circumstances, without thought or hesitation. A novice’s actions will look uneven and difficult, while a master’s appear simple and smooth.

Below you will find links for the first 7 of the Wado Ryu Kata's. Each link provides an image with a step by step guide to help you with learning and mastering the Kata. This is by no means a substitution for regular training and practise. 

Pinan Nidan

Pinan Shodan

Pinan Sandan

Pinan Yodan

Pinan Godan

Kushanku

Naihanchi