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Kata taught in the BZJFA are
Naga no  Kate      Katame no Kate     Ju no Kata
Kimi no Kate   Koshi no Kata John Harding groundwork Kata

Nage no kata (Forms of Throwing)

The Nage-no-Kata were established to help understanding the theoretical basis of judo and learn the processes involved in "Kuzushi", "Tsukuri", "Kake" in other words, how to assume the correct position for applying a throwing, techniques once you've broken your opponent's balance and how to apply and complete a technique.

The Kata consist of 15 representative throwing techniques, three from each of the following five categories; Te-waza, Koshi-waza, Ashi-waza, Masutemi-waza and Yokosutemi-waza. Each technique, is executed from both sides.

Te-waza (Hand Techniques)

Uki-otoshi Floating Drop     
Seoi-nage  Shoulder Throw      
Kata-guruma  Shoulder Wheel     

Koshi-waza (Hip Techniques)
Uki-goshi  Floating Hip     
Harai-goshi Sweeping Hip     
Tsurikomi-goshi  Lifting Pulling Hip      

Ashi-waza (Foot Techniques)

Okuri-ashi-harai  Double Foot Sweep      
Sasae-tsurikomi-ashi  Lifting Pulling Foot Block       
Uchimata  Inner Thigh Throw     

Masutemi-waza (Rear Sacrifice Techniques)
Tomoe-nage Stomach Throw     
Ura-nage  Back Throw     
Sumi-gaeshi  Corner reversal     

Yokosutemi-waza (Side Sacrifice Techniques)

Yoko-gake  Side Hook     
Yoko-guruma  Side Wheel     
Uki-waza Floating Throw     

Katame no kata (Forms of Grappling)

The Katame no Kata were established during 1884 and 1885, in succession to the "Nage-no-Kata". They consist of five representative techniques each from the Osaekomi-waza, Shime-waza and Kansetsu-waza, the aim being the mastery of the theoretical basis for executing and evading each technique.

Together, the Nage-no-Kata and the "Katame-no-Kata" form the "Randori-no-Kata," the practice of which helps in the understanding and mastery of the theory behind Randori techniques.

Kesa-gatame  Scarf hold      
Kata-gatame  Shoulder hold     
Kami-shiho-gatame  Kami-shiho-gatame     
Yoko-shiho-gatame  Yoko-shiho-gatame  
Kuzure-kamishiho-gatame  Jaw Thrusting        


Kata-juji-jime  Single cross choke       
Hadaka-jime  Naked choke     
Okuri-eri-jime  Sliding collor choke      
Kataha-jime  Single wing choke      
Gyaku-juji-jime Reverse cross choke       


Ude-garami  bent arm armlock     
Udehishigi-juji-gatame  Upper corss arm armlock        
Udehishigi-ude-gatame  Straight arm armlock       
Udehishigi-hiza-gatame  Knee armlock       
Ashi-garami Entengled leglock     

 Kime no Kata (Forms of Decision)

Kime no Kata is also known as Shinken Shobu no Kata (Combat Forms) and is designed to teach the fundamentals of attack and defense in an actual combat situation, as both names imply. Its twenty techniques, which include strikes at vital spots, are all applicable in real-life situations, but are banned in randori. They are divided into two groups, idori, where the basic position is kneeling, and tachiai, where techniques are executed in a standing position.

Vital spots taught in Kime no Kata are as follows

Uto (the point between the eyes)                        
Kasumi (the temple)
Sui-getsu (the solar plexus)
Tsurigane (groin)
Shitsu-kansetsu or Hiza-kansetsu (the knee-joint)
Kachikake (the chin)    

Idori (techniques from kneeling posture)
Ryote-dori  Two-hand hold      
Tsukkake  Stomach punch     
Suri-age  Forehead thrust     
Yoko-uchi Side blow at left temple     
Ushiro-dori  Seizure from behind     
Tsukkomi  Dagger thrust at stomach     
Kiri-komi  Downward cut with dagger     
Yoko-tsuki  Dagger thrust to side     

Tachiai (techniques from a standing posture)
Ryote-dori Two-hand hold      
Sode-dori Sleeve grab     
Tsukkake  Punch to face     
Tsuki-age  Uppercut     
Suri-age  Forehead thrust     
Yoko-uchi  Side blow     
Keage  Groin kick     
Ushiro-dori Hold from behind     
Tsukkomi  Dagger thrust at stomach     
Kiri-komi Downward cut with dagger     
Nuki-kake  Sword unsheating     
Kiri-oroshi  Downward cut with sword     

Ju no kata (Forms of Flexibility)

The Ju-no-Kata was formulated as one of Kata of Kodokan judo in 1887. The gentle movements are designed to teach the fundamentals of attack and defense and will make it much easier for you to learn the principles and movements of judo. They are also an effective form of physical education. Since the forms incorporate various movements such as bending, stretching and twisting, they are very effective in conditioning the body and developing it all-round.

Another advantage is that it  can be practiced by men and women, young and old without having to wear special dress.

Tsuki-Dashi  Hand Thrusting     
Kata-Oshi  Shoulder Push     
Ryote-Dori  Seizure of Both Hands      
Kata-Mawashi  Shoulder Turn     
Ago-Oshi  Jaw Thrusting     

Kiri-Oroshi Head Cut with hand Sword     
Ryokata-Oshi  Pressing Down on Both Shoulders      
Naname-Uchi  Nasion Strike     
Katate-Dori  Single Hand Seizure      
Katate-Age  Single Hand Raising      

Obi-Tori  Belt Seizure     
Mune-Oshi  Chest Push     
Tsuki-Age  Uppercut     
Uchi-Oroshi  Direct Head Strike     
Ryogan-Tsuki  Both Eyes Poke      

Koshiki no kata (Forms of Antique)

Information on Koshiki no Kata

Since Koshiki no Kata were intended for the "Kumiuchi", the grappling, of armored warriors in the feudal ages, it is essential to perform the movements imagining that you are clad in heavy armor. It is also of importance that the movements should be slow. The opponent's balance should be broken very well.

  When Kano learned Kito Ryu, he was impressed by the system of kuzushi (breaking opponent´s balance). That's why Kano put so much weight on kuzushi - tsukuri - kake.

Kano wanted to preserve the system of Kito-ryu, and therefore there is almost no change from Kito-ryu to Koshiki no Kata. Koshiki (Ko-shiki) means "antique style", but several meanings exist. Not only "antique", but also "tradition".  

The omote is demonstrated as if both tori and uke are wearing heavy armor. Each technique therefore is done in a very slow and deliberate fashion with each moment and pause (between techniques) being well defined.

Tai    Ready  posture    
Yumi no Uchi   Dreaming     
Ryokuhi  Strength dodging     
Mizu-guruma  Water Wheel     
Mizu-nagare  Water Flow     
Hikiotoshi  Draw Drop     
Ko-daore  Log Fall     
Uchikudaki  Smashing     
Tani-otoshi  Valley Drop     
Kuruma-daoshi  Wheel Throw     
Shikoro-dori  Grabbing the Neckplates     
Shikoro-gaeshi  Twisting the Neckplates     
Yudachi  Shower    
Taki-otoshi  Waterfall Drop     

Ura (back)

The ura is demonstrated as if the armor has been broken and thrown off and both tori and uke are now only wearing their undergarments. The last 7 movements are therefore done more dynamically.

Mi-kudaki  Body Smashing     
Kuruma-gaeshi  Wheel Throw     
Mizu-iri  Water Plunge     
Ryusetsu  Willow Snow     
Saka-otoshi  Headlong Fall     
Yukiore Snowbreak     
Iwa-nami  Wave on the Rocks