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Kata

The original Shotokan kata syllabus is introduced in Funakoshi's book Karate-do Kyohan, which is the Master Text of Shotokan karate. When the JKA was formed, Nakayama laid down 27 kata as the kata syllabus for this organization. Even today, thousands of Shotokan dojo only practice 26 of these 27 kata. The standard JKA kata are: Taikyoku shodan, Heian shodan, Heian nidan , Heian sandan, Heian yondan, Heian godan, Bassai dai, Jion, Empi, Kanku dai, Hangetsu, Jitte, Gankaku, Tekki shodan, Tekki nidan, Tekki sandan, Nijūshiho, Chinte, Sōchin, Meikyō, Unsu, Bassai shō, Kankū shō, Wankan, Gojūshiho shō , Gojūshiho dai, and Ji'in.