Empty Hand

Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in “basics,” self-defense, 1-step & 3-step sparring, free-sparring, and kata at levels appropriate to each rank. More information on our kata are provided below. The full, detailed empty-hand curriculum is available here.

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White Belt

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10th kyu-ho Yellow

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10th kyu Orange

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9th kyu Blue (1)

8th kyu Blue (2)

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7th kyu Purple (1)

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6th kyu Purple (2)

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5th kyu Green (1)

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4th kyu Green (2)

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3rd kyu Brown (1)

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2nd kyu Brown (2)

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1st kyu Brown (3)



Shito-ryu is a combination of styles originating from the Okinawan Naha-te and Shuri-te villages. Naha-te is characterized by steady and rooted movements with rhythmical breathing, whereas in Shuri-te, the feet travel more slowly on a crescent-shaped line. Our kata come from both styles. Translations are provided in parentheses below, where available.

Foundational Kata

  • The Kihon Family (basic kata): Kihon Kata Ichi, Kihon Kata Ni, Kihon Kata San, Kihon Kata Yoen, Kihon Kata Go, Kihon Kata Roku

From the Shuri-te village or the Shorin-ryu practice:

  • The Pinan Family (peaceful mind): Pinan Sho Dan, Pinan Ni Dan, Pinan San Dan, Pinan Yoen Dan, Pinan Go Dan

Intermediate Kata

From the Shuri-te village or the Shorin-ryu practice:

  • Ananko (light from the south)

  • The Ji Family: Ji’in (temple ground), Jitte (temple hand, or 10 hands, meaning that it allows one to fight like 10), Jion (temple sound)

  • Matsukaze, derived from Shotokan

  • The Rohai Family (vision of a white heron, or mirror of the soul): Rohai Sho Dan, Rohai Ni Dan, Rohai San Dan

From the Naha-te village or the Goju-Ryu practice: none

From Sensei Chuzo Kotaka, founder of IKF:

  • Annanko Henka (“henka” means variation)

  • Fugetsu (wind moon)

  • Kenseidai

  • Matsukaze Henka (“henka” means variation)

  • *Other katas from Sensei Kotaka include Denko Sho, Denko Dai, Hakutsura, Hakutsura Ni, Kyu Jyu, Ryuken

From Kenwa Mibuni, founder of Shito-Ryu:

  • Aoyanagi (green willow)

  • Jyuroku (“16”)

Advanced Kata

From the Shuri-te village or the Shorin-ryu practice:

  • The Bassai Family (to breach a fortress): Bassai Sho, Bassai Dai, Tomari Bassai, Matsumura-ha Bassai

  • Empi (flying swallow)

  • The Kosokun Family (viewing the sky): Kosokun Dai, Kosokun Sho, Shiho Kosokun

  • The Nihanchin Family (iron horse): Nihanchin Sho Dan, Nihanchin Ni Dan, Nihanchin San Dan

  • Nijushiho (24 steps)

  • Nipaipo (28 steps)

From the Naha-te village or Goju-Ryu practice:

  • Anan

  • Kururunfa (holding your ground, or “17”)

  • Sanchin

  • Seinchin (the lull of the storm)

  • Seipei (18 hands)

  • Seisan (half moon, or 13 hands)

  • Suparenpei (108 hands)


Kobudo (weapons)

In addition to the requirements for empty-hand techniques, students must demonstrate proficiency in kobudo, at levels appropriate to each rank.


10th Kyu Ho - Weapons training starts with “Bo”

Bono Kihon Kata

10th Kyu - the 2nd weapon is “Sai”

Sai No Kihon Kata Ichi

Sai No Kihon Kata Ni

9th Kyu - Bo

Shushi No Kon Sho

8th Kyu - Sai

Sai No Kihon Kata San

Sai No Kihon Kata Yoen

7th Kyu - Bo

Shushi No Kon Dai

6th Kyu - Sai

Rohai No Sai

5th Kyu - Bo

Rohai No Kon

4th Kyu - Sai

Tsuken Shita Haka No Sai

3rd Kyu - The 3rd weapon is the “Kai Bo”

Kai Bo Ten No Kata

2nd Kyu - Kai Bo

Kai Bo Jin No Kata

1st Kyu - Kai Bo

Kai Bo Chi No Kata

1st Dan - Bo


2nd Dan - Sai

Chatanyara No Sai