Karate Training – The 3 K’s of Karate (Kihon, Kumite and Kata)

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A karate class usually consists of kihon, kumite and kata.Kihon translates as basics or fundamentals and in karate classes across the world, refers to the practice of the basic karate techniques.

So a typical karate class would start off with basic punches, strikes, blocks and kicks. Normally starting off with single techniques, and then progressing to combinations. To get best martial art Summer Camp for kids you can check online.

Working through the shotokan belt system, the kihon starts with single techniques, like oizuki (stepping punch), then after a few belts, the kihon progresses to combinations like sanbonzuki (three punches), then at brown belt, the kihon enters the semi freestyle range, where techniques are snapped back, instead of held out.



Kumite means sparring and is usually practiced after the kihon section. This is the part of karate in which you partner up with other karateka in the dojo and test the techniques learned from the kihon (basics) and kata (Forms).

The first set sparring sequence practiced in shotokan is either, sanbon (three step), or gohon (five step) kumite, moving onto kihon ippon kumite (basic one step sparring), then jui ippon kumite (semi free sparring) and finally jui kumite (free sparring). There are also many other kumite training exercises, that build upon the exercises mentioned above.

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