ka·​ta | \ ˈkä-(ˌ)tä How to pronounce kata (audio) \
plural kata or katas

Definition of kata

: a set combination of positions and movements (as in karate) performed as an exercise

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Recent Examples on the Web Balgenorth, a South High sophomore, earned a spot on the U.S. team by winning the gold medal in age-group kata competition at the USA Karate National Championships last month in Chicago. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Precision and power are taking an Anchorage teen to the Junior Pan Am Games in karate," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of kata

1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kata

Japanese, literally, model, pattern

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“Kata.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kata. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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