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Kata

China kǎ tǎ
Kata Vertical Wall Scroll

卡塔 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the Latin / Spanish name Kata.

Kata

China xíng
Japan kata
Kata Vertical Wall Scroll

型 is often used in Japanese martial arts to mean a certain set of movements and techniques.

The meaning in other context (and in Chinese or Korean) can be model, type, style, pattern, mold, mould, template, or form.

One Japanese dictionary defines it as, "standard form of a movement, posture, etc. in martial arts, sport, etc."


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Kata卡塔kǎ tǎ / ka3 ta3 / ka ta / katak`a t`a / kata / ka ta
Katakataxíng / xing2 / xinghsing