Kata Work

Our Katas work in conjunction with the syllabus of each grading level.

A kata is a set series of moves where the student is up against a number of imaginary opponents, which you engage in combat or defense.

The student strives to practice different katas to perfect their technique across a range of different moves. This continual development is to assist students in mastering strikes, stances as well as timing, balance and coordination.

A kata works on the idea of continual improvement to work towards perfect technique. A kata is not a performance for other people, it is a personal journey where your opponent is yourself.

In Zen Do Kai the student is sequentially exposed to nine traditional Kata's which have been passed down over the centuries by martial arts masters.

These serve as a teaching guide. The student is also required to develop his or her own modern freeform (Kata).

Every Zen Do Kai kata has a time span of approximately sixty seconds and must always finish on exactly the same location that it commenced.


Naihunchin -Iron Horse

The movements are designed for a student with limited knowledge to be aware of the environment surrounding a self defence situation. This form concentrates on three major front angles and the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock minor angles and peripheral vision. The studetns rear angles are not thoroughly addressed, as the student is taught to find protection from the rear in the form of a wall, car etc. This form is also designed to develop strength in the legs, in order to prepare students for the more advanced forms. Hence the name IRON HORSE


Sanchin -Three Battles

The Three Battles form exemplifies the meditation aspects and spiritual background from which all true martial arts doctrines are born. The form centres itself on the students learning of conquering the conflicts of imbalance  of the phsical, psychological and spiritual traits within each of us. The form does this by cultivating and external force breathing process that in time will purify the practitioner and create balance. The kata is performed very slowly with emphasis on dynamic tension and dramatic deep breathing. By using these two techniques the student improves in physique, stamina and energy. Applying blows to the body wilst performing the kata also tests dynamic tension anf focus. The kata using only one stance -bear stance, with pelvis tilted up and toes gripping the floor.


Tenso -Rotating Palms

An ancient master was observing the force of nature. The winds were so strong that a bird flying north could no longer withstand it. From the incredible force applied by the bird combating the wind, to then suddenly switching to a relaxed state and going with the flow, the bird developed incredible speed. The speed was so powerful that when the birds wings hit the masters roof it shattered the tiles. These alternative styles can be witnessed in Three Battles (yang) and Rotating Palms (yin). Rotating Palms should be practiced with fluidity and circular movements accompanied by a relaxed state of inward breathing, all the time remembering the birds story.


Seinchin -Lull Before the Storm (Black Belt Kata)

The kata's name is drawn from the notion of storm-like activity and powering ahead. Seinchin's significance lies in the array of broad basic principles that includes balance, posture, coordination, hand techniques, low deep stances, development of strength and power and minimal use of kicking techniques. The kata also tests a range of stances including; horse, dragon, cat and bear stance. It encompasses the theme of pulling ones adversity off balance and throwing them.