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Learn Karate At Home The First Shotok...

kihon kata

Taikyoku shodan or Kihon kata is the first shotokan karate kata practiced. It simplicity makes the form very confusing for a new karateka, because the whole kata only consists of 2 different karate techniques, they are gedan barai (downward block) and oi zuki (stepping punch). Both techniques are performed in zenkutsudachi (front stance). There are […]

Simultaneous Block and Counter Shotok...

Simultaneous Block and Counter Shotokan Karate Kumite Exercise

This kumite exercise consists of three gyaku zuki (reverse punch) attacks, with 3 simultaneous block/reverse punch counters. This is a great shotokan exercise for timing. Start slowly, then gradually pick up the speed, until the attacker can add in dummy and feigns before the attacks are launched (see video below). It takes great timing and […]

Gedan Barai – Downward Block

Gedan Barai – Downward Block

The Shotokan Karate Gedan-barai, or downward block is one of the most commonly used karate techniques, in the karate dojo. This technique should be first practiced in shizentai (natural stance), with feet approximately shoulder width apart and toes facing forward. Video tutorial at the bottom of this page 1. Extend the left arm down and […]

Shotokan Karate Kumite Exercise ̵...

Shotokan Karate Kumite Exercise – Timing and Distance

This is a shotokan kumite exercise working on basic blocks, age uke (upper block), soto uke (outside forarm block), uchi uke (inside forearm block), gedan barai (downward block) and gyaku zuki (reverse punch), in zenkutsu dachi (front stance). 1a and 1b happen at the same time 1a. Attacker steps in with the left leg and […]