- an exercise consisting of several of the specific movements of a martial art, especially a pattern prescribed for defending oneself against several attackers, used in judo and karate training.
Origin of kata
1950–55; < Japanese: shape, pattern
- variant of cata-.
Also especially before a vowel, kat-.
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Examples from the Web for kata
If a verbal message is sent to a friend, a kata is sent with it.An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet</p>
A. Henry Savage Landor
It is also called the catamenia or catamenia-flow (Greek, kata—by, men—a month).Woman</p>
William J. Robinson
"I'll call the whole house to prove it," said Mrs. Kata, with a face as red as scarlet.The Village Notary
So called from Kali, the Hindu goddess, and kata, laughter; because human victims were formerly here sacrificed to her.
Kata fell to with an appetite and Tommy saw that his plate was replenished as soon as it was emptied.Boy Scouts on the Great Divide
Archibald Lee Fletcher
- an exercise consisting of a sequence of the specific movements of a martial art, used in training and designed to show skill in technique
C20: Japanese, literally: shape, pattern
- a variant of cata-