Katas are the core of karate, but there is little explanation about what the patterns themselves signify. But it is this pattern or shape that makes the collection of individual techniques greater than the sum of its parts. Through a careful examination of the pattern or shape of a kata that one can discover the “secret principles” of the art.
SOURCE: Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 13 No. 1 (2004): 15 pages.