Gima-Ha view Kata and the study of their Bunkai as an integral part of our system of learning Karate-Do. Whilst we are not a ‘sport oriented’ group we do support entry into tournaments for those who wish to do so.

Within the UK we tend to enter mostly ‘Ippon Shobu’ events, but as we sometimes compete in Japan we also encourage the study of other styles, and JKF. Our UK judges are Ippon Shobu based as opposed to WKF, therefore we tend to attend Shotokan events.


Gima-Ha United Kingdom Members practice 5 Kata from the Shito-Ryu or Goju-Ryu lineage as we believe that it is imperative to understand these kata and the benefits they afford us in our own practice.


  • Sanchin
  • Gekisai Dai Ichi
  • Gekisai Dai Ni


  • Rohai Shodan (Hayashi-ha)
  • Rohai Nidan (Hayashi-ha)


In keeping with Shōtō-Kan tradition we also practice:

  • Taikyoku Shodan
  • Heian Shodan
  • Heian Nidan
  • Heian Sandan
  • Heian Yondan
  • Heian Gidan
  • Tekki Shodan.
  • Tekki Nidan.
  • Tekki Sandan.
  • Bassai Dai.
  • Bassai Sho.
  • Kanku Dai.
  • Kanku Sho.
  • Enpi.
  • Jion.
  • Gankaku.
  • Hangetsu.
  • Jitte.
  • Chinte.
  • Sochin.
  • Meikyo.
  • Jiin.
  • Gojushiho Dai.
  • Gojushiho Sho.
  • Nijushiho.
  • Wankan.
  • Unsu.


These kata comprise of very basic kata for beginners such as:

  • Tenshin Kata
  • Tai Sabaki Kata
  • Happo Geri Kata

And the specific Koryu (old school) Kata from Gima Sensei himself such as:

  • Koryu Chinte
  • Gima-Ha Gojushiho (Useishi)
  • Gima-Ha Ji’in
  • Gima-Ha Bassai-Sho
  • Gima-Ha Jitte
  • Gima-Ha Gankaku

Notably the versions of Chinte, Ji;in, Bassai Sho, Gankaku and Jitte differ from that of the JKA or SKI systems as they are SHOTO-RYU kata as opposed to mainline Shotokan.


All Gima-Ha Yudansha (Dan grades) are encouraged to learn both Bo (Kon) and Tai Kata to augment their ’empty hand’ Karate-do. It is a requirement on some of our higher Dan grade syllabi.