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Shotokan Karate

Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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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.

When 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)
-hip rotation
-reverse punch (gyaku-tsuki)
-front kick (mae geri).
Stepping punch(oi-tsuki) from a standing position.
Downward block (gedan barai).
Stepping punch (oi-tsuki)-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.

Week 9+
Additional techniques.

General Training   

Training Tip  (previous tip removed -watch this page for next one)

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...   John F. Kennedy 12th September, 1962