Category Archives: Kihon: Basics

The Imbalance of Traditional Kihon Training

At the risk of sounding a little controversial, I have a gripe about the way we karate instructors and students practice our kihon (basics).  Let me set the scene… The class lines up and everyone bows in.  A warm up … Continue reading

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Shotokan Home Training Video

Here is the latest video from the Shotokan Sensei YouTube channel. This video offers some ideas on how to train at home by yourself and focuses on basic kihon techniques. You can join in with the video and get a … Continue reading

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Basic Kicks: Mawashigeri – Roundhouse kick

The roundhouse kick (mawashigeri) is one of the basic kicks that all karate practitioners learn early on in their training. This video breaks down how to perform the roundhouse kick step-by-step.

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Basic Kicks – Maegeri

In karate, the front kick (maegeri) is probably the most important and most used of any kick. In this video, the mechanics of the front kick are demonstrated, and several methods of practice are suggested.

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Basic Blocks – Part 2

In Part 2 of Basic Blocks, the five main blocks of Shotokan karate are demonstrated moving forwards step by step.

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Basic Blocks – Part 1

In this video the five basic blocks of Shotokan karate are introduced, and the real meaning of the word “uke” is explained. The blocks are all performed on the spot in Part 1.

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Basic Stances

  In this video the three common basic stances of Shotokan karate are explained. These stances are zenkutsu-dachi (front stance), kokutsu-dachi (back stance), and kiba-dachi (horse stance).

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Gyakuzuki – Reverse punch

  This video shows the important points of the reverse punch (gyakuzuki). the punch is performed on the spot and also moving forwards. Hip movement, in particular is emphasized.

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Oizuki – Front punch/Lunge punch

  This video presents the key points of the front punch or lunge punch (oizuki) and explains the hip position, the role of the back leg and when to release the power of the punch for maximum effect.

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Basic Punches – Chokuzuki

  In this video the key points of the basic straight punch (chokuzuki) are presented in detail for the beginner karate student.

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