Monthly Archives: April 2011

Harmonizing with your Opponent

The process of learning kumite (sparring or partner work) in Shotokan karate can be a long and arduous path. Usually a practitioner begins by learning the introductory kihon of our style such as punches, blocks and kicks and then basic … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Failure

To use the words “benefit” and “failure” in the same sentence probably qualifies as an oxymoron. Like any good lesson in life, however, the things that we are afraid of the most often give us the best insights. I have … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between a Martial Art and a Sport?

This article focuses on an issue that is often written about in martial arts circles and will no doubt continue to be debated for years to come. It is the basic question about whether karate is a martial art or … Continue reading

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Kihon ippon kumite – Mawashigeri

This video shows the two main defenses against a mawashigeri attack for kihon ippon kumite. This type of partner work is studied at the intermediate level of 6th kyu through 4th kyu ranks.

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Kihon ippon kumite – Yokogeri

This video shows the two main defenses against a yokogeri (side kick) attack in the SKIF kihon ippon kumite system.

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Kihon ippon kumite – Maegeri

This video shows the four main set defenses of basic one-step sparring against a front kick attack in the SKIF kumite system.

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Kihon ippon kumite – Chudan

This series of basic one-step sparring shows the different defenses that are learned against a chudan punch in the SKIF kumite system.

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Kihon ippon kumite – Jodan

  A demonstration of some of the different types of defenses against a head punch in the SKIF kumite system.

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