Through the Kihon (basics) in the Shotokan Karate system, you will learn Stances (Tachikata), Punches (Tsuki), Blocks (Uke), and Kicks (Geri). At each belt level, you learn basic through advanced variations of the Kihon along with the flow of body movement, hitting proper targets, executing correct stances, practical applications, and more.
Below are the first 11 basic Kihon you will learn and build on. If you were a fighting character in a video game, these are your characters’ basic move list, and as you continue in your journey, you build on these moves and add advanced variations.
The Rising Block protects you from getting hit in the face or head. The Rising Block is move #1 out of the 11 basic moves in the Shotokan Karate system. You can follow the call to action to watch and learn how to do a Rising Block.
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The Reverse Punch is designed to be a powerful punch with a quick twist at the end. The Reverse Punch is move number 10 out of 11, in the basic moves in the Shotokan Karate System.
The forward stance varies depending on the dojo. In our dojo, we put 60% of our weight on the front leg and 40% on the back leg, keeping the bend in our knees, and our legs wide enough apart to give us a solid base. This stance is used in the majority of our blocks, kicks, and strikes. It’s one of the first things you learn in the Shotokan Karate System.
A brief video on how to put on your belt for karate. There are a variety of ways to put on a karate belt, this is how I was taught.