This site is based on my daily practice of traditional Shotokan Karate-Do. I'm a Japan and international instructor based in Oita City. My dojo constantly has high-level trainees from all over Japan and, occassionally karateka from abroad, seeking true budo. More than anything else, unlike the majority of other karate-do websites, this page is primarily dedicated to training itself; that is, Karate-Do as a vehicle for holistic development.
Sunday, 23 February 2014
Core kihon: The heart of Karate-Do waza
Morooka San's precise tsukiwaza is reflective of superb `core kihon'.
I have discussed the importance of relentlessly practicing "the core kihon" many times in the past. This small pool of waza (techniques) is
what can be found in the grading syllabus and generically establish “the
foundation of all other karate motions…” and, indeed, applications.
speaking these techniques include jun-zuki (oi-zuki), gyaku-zuki, kizami-zuki, mae-te-zuki,
yoko uraken-uchi, yoko empi-uchi, shihon nukite, mae-geri, yoko-keage,
yoko-kekomi, mawashi-geri, ushiro-geri, all kizami-keriwaza (mae-ashi-geri), jodan
age-uke, chudan uchi-uke, gedan-barai, chudan shuto-uke, From there we also
have to consider the stances utilized; namely, zenkutsu-dachi, kokutsu-dachi,
kiba-dachi and jiyu-dachi. Furthermore, the footwork used; primarily, aiyumibashi
(fumidashi), kosa aiyumibashi, yori-ashi (yose-ashi) and tobi-konde.
these broad `labels' there are, as mentioned before, the basis for the other
stances, techniques and movements/transitions. For example, inside of a
stepping motion we can find neko-ashi dachi, sanchin-dachi and other stances.
We must also consider goshin-jutsu (self-defense techniques/applications) and
military CQC (close quarter battle) principles, all of which are within
traditional Shotokan-ryu. It comes down to one fact, all one needs is Shotokan, "...if they train hard and simultaneously, they train smart".
My point, in this post, is to emphasize that karate-do knowledge is
stratified. That is, there are many layers of physical understanding and application.
Nevertheless, irrespective of how deep one decides to train, "...karate-do always comes back to the core kihon”. Osu, André.