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

Examples of kata in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Kokumai's discipline, kata, is an individual event that essentially tells the story of a fight, with an athlete kicking and punching in predetermined combinations that go back centuries. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021 Two disciplines will be showcased in Tokyo: kumite and kata. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 July 2021 Ariel Torres picked up a bronze in men’s kata, where Sakura Kokumai, the only female competitor, finished fifth. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Aug. 2021 For the kata, or form, portion of the competition, 20 competitors will demonstrate movements against a virtual enemy. Megan Mccluskey, Time, 21 July 2021 The Tokyo Games will hold competitions in both kumite, competitive sparring and in kata, which is a demonstration of form. Alex Scott, ABC News, 7 Aug. 2021

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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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6 Dec 2021

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“Kata.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kata. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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