Kihon

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Kanji character image for Kihon meaning fundamentals)

Kanji characters for the term Kihon

A Japanese terms that refers to basics or fundamentals and forms one of the three integral parts of karate along with kata and kumite. Kihon focuses on correct techniques of stances, blocks and strikes. In addition to this; correct breathing is also focused on. Kihon is practiced heavily within dojos in order to achieve good technique within kata and kumite. In order to master more advanced techniques, it is important that the kihon is practiced thoroughly to provide solid foundations in which to build upon.

The following clips show a variety of Shotokan kihon techniques.  Please check back regularly for updates.

 

Sensei Enoeda showing the very basics of karate starting with how to make a punching fist.  A must watch video for all beginners.

 

Novice to 9th Kyu grading syllabus in slow motion then at full speed. Performed by Louis Powell of the South Staffordshire Karate club. Recorded and edited by chief instructor and former karate trainee friend Sensei Tom Davies 4th Dan.

 

9th Kyu to 8th Kyu grading syllabus in slow motion then at full speed. Performed by Louis Powell of the South Staffordshire Karate club. Recorded and edited by chief instructor and former karate trainee friend Sensei Tom Davies 4th Dan.

 

Mae geri, uraken gyaku tsuki as tested for 1st Dan black belt grading.

 

Ushiro geri, uraken gyaku tsuki.  This technique is seen predominantly from 3rd Kyu gradings up to 1st Dan (Sho)

 

Mae geri, Yoko geri  off the same leg, Uraken Gyaku tsuki.  This technique is more advanced and seen predominantly between 1st Dan (Sho) and 2nd Dan (Ni) gradings.

 

1st Kyu to 1st Dan combination: Mae geri, oi tsuki, gyaku tsuki, step back gedan barai, gyaku tsuki, mawashi geri, uraken, oi tsuki

 

Mae geri, Yoko geri, Mawashi geri kicks.  Done twice, once in slow motion and then at full speed.

 

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