Most, who practice Karate-Do, claim that kihon is the most important aspect of karate as it underpins everything. The idea is that kihon is foundation of a building. You can put in gold doors, the best oak furniture, and whatever else; nevertheless—irrespective of aesthetic beauty, grandness, and/or the quality of its interior fillings—“…without a strong foundation, the building will eventually collapse”.
|Mae-geri keage is the most important kick, irrespective of style. When exhausted, our true kihon is revealed.|
Likewise, other claim kata is the most important form of karate, as it essentially functions as a time capsule, which transmits knowledge from the past and, indeed, allows instructors to ‘pass this on’ to the next generation(s) of karateka.
While I agree with the above two statements; my personal belief is that kumite is the soul of karate—it is the epicenter of everything else; that is, kihon and kata are for kumite. To be more specific: JISSEN KUMITE (Real Kumite/Self-Defense).
|Jiyu Kumite is essential. Many instructors now only demonstrate to look good. They only have movement. This not real karate.|