What is Kata and why is it necessary?

With the growth of modern karate techniques it is easy to understand this often ask question.

Kata is a series of techniques performed alone in a standard order and in different directions using traditional kicks, blocks and punches.  The lone student defends and counter attacks multiple opponents, returning to his original start point.

Wado-Ryu Kata History

Karate has seeon many changes since its early beginnings in Okinawa over a hundred years ago.  The original Funakoshi forms were interpreted according to the individual styles of the four established groups;  Shotokan, Wado-Ryu, Gojo-ryu, Shito-ryu

The Wado-ryu kata forms developed by Hirronori Ohtsuka have evolved over the last 75 years.  The is mainly due to the enormous growth of the style and the many changes and interpretations made by senior instructors and governing bodies.

It is true to say many techniques are open for interpretation and some meanings have been lost in the passing of time.  The WWSKA Kata from represents all of the Wado-ryu heritage and tradition with direct lines to past masters.