Kihon is the corner stone of karate. True technique is the foundation of application, and without it, the karate practitioner will never progress. In kihon, we first learn correct stances, blocks, kicks and punches, as well as how to warm up the body to prepare it for training. Whilst kihon is translated as “basic technique”, kihon can include all the elements of karate, from a punch to a single-finger strike. The “basic” element refers to the fact that in kihon the practitioner concerns themselves more with the correctness of the technique, than with engaging an opponent. There are many types of kumite, from the most basic “five attack” sparring where both protagonists execute set moves to jiyu-kumite or “free sparring”.
Within the TSKA, we practice the following;