Kata no Rokugensoku: Principles of Kata

Ikitakata:   Kata must be alive and done with feeling and purpose


Inen:   Kata must be performed with spirit


Chikara no Kyojaku:   Kata should be done with changes in application of power.  Technique can be strong or yielding, hard then soft


Waza no Kankyu:   Kata should be done with variations in the timing of movement, sometimes fast and sometimes slow


Kisoku no Donto:   Kata must be done with a proper rhythm of breathing, when to inhale and when to exhale

Balance:   Proper balance must be maintained in the performance of the kata