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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  When kicking stretch the hips strongly in the direction of the kick.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler - Albert Einstein