ka·​ta ˈkä-(ˌ)tä How to pronounce kata (audio)
plural kata or katas
: a set combination of positions and movements (as in karate) performed as an exercise

Examples of kata in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Who to watch: American athletes to watch include two-time USA karate national champion Ariel Torres for the men’s kata, and seven-time USA national champion Sakura Kokumai for the women’s kata. Emilia Benton, SELF, 14 July 2021 Karate will consist of two events: kata and kumite. BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2021 Torres competes in the modality kata, which sees competitors perform pre-approved choreographed movements. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, 7 Aug. 2021 Spaniards Sandra Sánchez and Damián Quintero are kata favorites, while France’s Steven Da Costa, Japan’s Ryutaro Araga and Japan’s Miho Miyahara and Ayumi Uekusa are all kumite medal candidates. Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2021 Bronze medalist for the U.S. though Monday evening were: Paige Pearce (archery, target, compound women); Tozaki Gajuki (karate, kata, individual men); Trinity Allen (karate, kumite, 55kg women); and Kamran Madani (karate, kumite, 84 kg women). Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 12 July 2022 Nearly two months later at Nippon Budokan, Torres delivered the kata performance of a lifetime in the bronze medal bout. Olivia Reiner, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2021 Kumite competition will feature three weight classes per gender, and there will also be men’s and women’s kata. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 22 July 2021 Karate competition begins where American Sakura Kokumai will compete in the kata discipline. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021

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Word History


Japanese, literally, model, pattern

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kata was in 1945

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“Kata.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kata. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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