KIHON The practice of Kihon (basics) is necessary in order to develop the fundamental techniques of karate, and is an essential first step before karate can be used freely against an opponent.We choose to go to the moon...and do the other things, not because they are
easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to
organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that
challenge is one that we are willing to accept ...and one which we intend to win...
possible, the following structured approach is used for beginners in
order for them to develop a thorough grounding in the main techniques.
Weeks 1 to 4
Punching (tsuki) from a standing position.
Kicking (geri) from a standing position.
Front stance (zenkutsu dachi)
-reverse punch (gyaku-zuki)
-front kick (mae geri).
Stepping punch(oi-zuki) from a standing position.
Downward block (gedan barai).
Stepping punch (oi-zuki)-advance from downward block position.
Side stance (kiba dachi).
Weeks 5 to 8
Side snap kick(yoko geri keage).
Rising block (age uke).
Side thrust kick (yoko geri kekomi).
Forearm block-outside/inward (ude uke), inside/outward (uchi uke).
Back stance (kokutsu dachi).
Sword hand block (shuto uke).
Blocking to punching.
Blocking to kicking.
Shuto Uke Training Tip As a general rule during basic pre-arranged sparring, try to block wrist to wrist or wrist to ankle
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