Kihon Kata

The club has grown recently with new members who have never trained in martial arts before. There are three core aspects of Shotokan Karate:

  • Kata
  • Kihon
  • Kumite

Kata holds the knowledge of all of the different techniques taught in Shotokan Karate. The first kata that a beginner learns is called Kihon Kata. The kata is shaped like a capital and incorporates a number of foundational movements, including how to step between basic stances and the use of downward blocks (gedan barai) and stepping punches (oi tsuki).

You can use the following guide to help you learn the seperate movements involved in Kihon Kata.