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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 […]

Shotokan Karate Heian Kata 1-5

Shotokan Karate Heian Kata 1-5

The History Of The Heian (Pinan) katas One of the stories surrounding the history of the Heian (Pinan) katas claims that Master Shishu, Anko (Yasutsune Itosu) learned a Kata from a Chinese living in Okinawa. This Kata was called “Chiang Nan” by the Chinese man. The form became known as “Channan” to the Okinawan masters […]

Jiyu Ippon kumite – Shotokan Ka...

Jiyu Ippon kumite – Shotokan Karate Brown Belt Sparring

Generally, Jiyu-ippon kumite is introduced into the training at 3rd Kyu (brown belt). Jiyu-ippon kumite requires fast reactions and the ability to adapt to changing situations, the attacker is allowed to move freely, dummy and feign before the attacks. Unlike Kihon-ippon kumite (basic one-step sparring), where the attacker moves from a static position. Attacker and […]

Oizuki – Stepping Punch

Oizuki – Stepping Punch

Oizuki (basic stepping punch), looks so simple. But for Shotokan karateka who follow the karate way, it’s an art form all on its own! Indeed, lots of dojo place little importance on the intricate and detailed movement required to execute karate’s basic stepping punch (oizuki). They see a step and a punch and as long […]

Shuto Uke – Knife Hand Block

Shuto Uke – Knife Hand Block

In shotokan karate, Shuto uke or knife hand block is probably the most difficult of all the basic karate techniques. Especially when stepping in kokutsu dachi (shotokan back stance). Many shotokan karate dojo do not practice this technique until the karateka has been attending karate lessons for several months. Even if you have just started […]

Uchi Ude Uke – Inside Forearm B...

Uchi Ude Uke – Inside Forearm Block

Uchi ude uke, or inside forearm block is one of the basic karate moves, in the karate dojo. This karate technique should be first practiced in the shotokan stance, shizentai (natural stance), with feet approximately shoulder width apart and toes facing forward. Video tutorial at the bottom of this page 1. The right blocking arms […]

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 Brown Belt Basics Kic...

Shotokan Karate Brown Belt Basics Kicking Combination 1

This kicking exercise is part of the required brown belt basics for brown belt and above, here at Karate Classes Online. 1. Take up a fighting stance with the left leg in front 2. Kick mae geri (front kick) with the right leg. 3. Step down and forward after the kick, then execute a yoko […]

Age Uke – Upper Rising Block

Age Uke – Upper Rising Block

There are hundreds of karate moves, some basic, some advanced. One of the first blocks practiced in karate, is age uke or upper rising block. It should also be noted that karate blocks can also be used as attacks. In this article we are going to go through the movement rather than the applications of […]