Some of the basic fundamentals in shotokan karate are shomen and hanmi, hikite, using the driving leg, kime and of course many more.
In our shotokan karate belt system, we have a combination that covers several of the fundamentals in shotokan karate. We call it the hikite combination and is introduced at brown belt. Many more shotokan karate exercises can be found in our online karate dojo.
1. Starting from the shizentai we drive off from the left leg and perform a right side kizami zuki (jab punch) in zenkutsu dachi (front stance), making sure to utilise the driving left leg by pushing back into the floor.
2. From this position we then pull the right leg back to the left and the right arm back to the hikite position, keeping the knees bent. Using both arms and legs to help you get back faster. Now drive off from the right leg and perform a right side gyaku zuki (reverse punch).
3. Now pull the left leg back to the right and the right fist back to the left shoulder (back of the hand facing the neck). Drive off from the left leg, step forward with the right leg and perform a right side uraken uchi (back fist strike).
4. From here bring the left leg up to the right, at the same time open the right fist, now drive off from the left leg, step forward with the right leg and perform a right snapping shuto uchi (knife hand strike).
5. The last technique in this shotokan karate exercise involves a 360 degree spin. Pivot on the right heel and spin around, keeping the right shuto uchi arm still, then as you land with the left leg, strike with taesho uchi (palm heel strike).
In this shotokan karate video below, we demonstrate this basic combination of shotokan karate techniques, this combination uses different shotokan karate moves, including, kizami zuki, gyaku zuki, uraken, shuto and taesho. This is one of our brown belt shotokan karate exercises. It also involves basic stepping and spinning.
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