Katas, or forms, are coreographed sequences of movement, using various combat techniques. They are used in karate as a training method, to develop the fighting skills learned in the dojo. Dedicated practice and study of kata plays a central role in a martial artist's growth and development. Designed as a fight against imaginary opponents attacking from different directions, constant kata practice helps a karateka to develop better stances, more purposeful movement and improved blocking and striking ability, among other thngs.
The more fighting spirit that is brought to bear when performing kata, the better! As the karateka's skills become more advanced, elements of his or her pesonal style will become apparent. We like to say: "Practice a kata 100 times and you will know that you are supposed to be fighting real opponents. Perform a kata 1,000 times, you will see the opponents you are fighting. Perform a kata 10,000 times and your audience will see the opponents you are fighting".