Home › Forums › The Japanese Language › So that's why iaido, karate, et. al. have kata This topic contains 1 reply, has 2 voices, and was last updated by Joel 5 years, 3 months ago. Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total) Author Posts August 16, 2018 at 11:41 am #50591 John FergusonMember Just got to: 方（かた）＝ Way / Method / Person (Polite) Now I know why the various methods in iaido is called kata. August 21, 2018 at 7:47 pm #50593 JoelMember A nice theory, but actually they just happen to be homophones. The kata you’re thinking of is 型. Means “form”. Author Posts Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.