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.

1950–55; < Japanese: shape, pattern

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variant of cata-.
Also, especially before a vowel, kat-.
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kata (ˈkætə)
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-

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It appeared to be the perfect tuna, a vision of true kata.
His performance of the kata should reflect boldness and confidence.
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