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Kihon: The ranges of Karateka


Kihon: The ranges of Karateka

Kihon: The ranges of Karateka

Everything is said in this title, kihon is the basic work of any karateka, like the scales for a musician.

Le kihon is a repetition of movements performed alone. Often performed online, students perform relentlessly the technique shown by the teacher and everyone must " self-correcting And seek to reproduce the perfect gesture. As and when repetition work, the musculature is forged as well as the mind to strive for perfection. The work of Kihon is very personalyou must be listening to your body and your feelings. Do not worry about other students, their level, their technique, you have to focus on yourself. It's a little selfish, but it's like that, you have to do a personal job

The goal of Kihon is to look for the perfect gesture. You must therefore focus on feeling your feelings and leaving nothing to chance. You must constantly seek to progress by tracking down every detail which could be improved in your gesture, but also in the exploitation of energy which is in you, in the phases of contraction, relaxation.

If we break down the Japanese word Kihonit literally means, the basis of energy. As I mentioned earlier, this is a basic piece of work. But beware, not a basic work in the "French" sense of the term, which would only be seen by beginners. No, the Kihon, is a basic job in the sense of foundation, foundation.

  • KiKI Japanese Kanji = Energy of life or breath of life. It is not easy to describe what Ki is. This is all your internal energy that flows between the different meridians of your body, that's all that's "life" in you.

    • hon kanji japaneseHon= Basics or fundamentals. It is on Kihon that the Karateka will build his Karate. As you progress, you need to strengthen the foundations so that they can support the weight of your years of practice. The Kihons will allow you to learn the different techniques, positions, displacement, but also to improve them constantly. As your training progresses, your technical baggage increases and heightens, you must constantly go back to basics to not lose the essentials and to consolidate your foundations so you can continue to progress on a solid foundation.

"I owe it, by honesty to the reader, to tell you that the writing I do of Kihon is false. Japanese Kihon kanji It is actually this ideogram 基本 that is right. The pronunciation is the same, but the meaning is very different. In reality, there is no KI in the sense of "breath of life" in the Kihon, it is only a basic work. I'm doing this word game with the ideogram 本 本 so that you always have in mind this part of inner search when you make Kihon. Hoping that I did not hurt anyone with this play on words, I think you will not hold me against it. 😉 »

The work of Combinations Kihon, should not be neglected and should represent a large part of the work in the dojos. This is not always the case and it is a shame because the essence of traditional karate is there.

As usual on this Blog, I have prepared a video with an example of a sequence in Combinations Kihon that you can practice at home. I chose a simple sequence with the techniques that we have already studied, and that will take you very little space (2 not).

Before I begin, I invite you to review the techniques Gedan Barai, Gyaku Zuki et Mae Geriyou will need it

Come on, all your kimonos, I find you on the video for a training of more than 20 minutes. See you soon.

(Do not forget to warm up before, thanks to the advice I give you in the ABCs of warming up , my book to download for free ;-))

>>> Download the video

I hope you have trained well. Go quickly stretch 😉

But before you take a few seconds to leave me a comment below ,! Thank you 😉

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  1. Hello
    I wish you had more videos on kihon.
    Indeed the kihon is essential in the practice of karate, and especially it is necessary for the one who trains alone at home to progress.
    I am 1er dan and would need kihon to be level for an 2eme dan.
    Could you recommend a dvd on the kihon (I am wado, but the work remains the same) or + especially on the passage of 2ème dan.
    GRAND Heimata (Tahiti)

  2. Nico, anonymous beginner;) at

    Just a comment, thanks for the video, for all these details etc ...
    I start at the beginning of September, I have 22ans and I hope not to go too far in flexibility ^^ '
    Good luck to all

  3. Osu Bruno, I came across your blog quite by chance, typing Kihon's search on Google. That did not stop me from being surprised by your video. With all due respect and due to your belt, and with the only humility granted me by my blue belt (kyokushinkai), I must confess that the following elements have bothered me. In my opinion :
    - a karateka does not wear a Kimono but a Karategi
    - in your video, you do not practice Kihon but Ido Keiko
    - a Hikite is supposed to stand as high as possible, either under the armpit, not at the waist
    - for the Gedan Barai, when you change the arm that blocks, the arm that has just blocked protects the parts, or you mount it above the belt
    - some other details but I think you have bothered enough.

    • Hello John,

      No, no worries, you do not bother me, on the contrary.

      You're right, we do not wear the traditional kimono, but a Karategi. But it should be noted that originally, "Kimono" literally meant "thing that one carries on oneself" and designated any type of clothing and therefore also the Karategi. But now, the term "kimono" refers only to the traditional Japanese dress and so we should say karategi for karate clothing. I'm sorry for the mistake, but in fact I always say kimono although I know it's not good because everyone understands; in the same way that I say a fridge and not a refrigerator and yet we all know it's not good.

      If what I'm doing is good Kihon, at least in the style of karate I practice (Shotokan). From what I understood in Kyokushinkai you make a difference between the Kihon (bases) and the Ido Geiko (basic movements) but in Shotokan (and in a lot of other style if I'm not mistaken, we calls the whole Kihon (Basic Work)

      For me, when I go forward to make Gedan Barai, the arm that has just blocked does not have to stay at the bottom to protect the parts. On the contrary, it must go up in the axis of the body to prevent the opponent to approach and on the other hand to be able to protect the whole body in case of attack. I must be able to mount it, block in the center or go down to block at the bottom ...

      For other details, do not hesitate to let me know.


  4. Hello bruno, every time I read you or watch your videos, I'm crazy about karate

    did you have any other kihon to make me work, how often do I have to work them?

    thank you bruno

  5. great video bruno, every time I watch your videos I immediately want to put on my clothes and work even after a lesson at the dojo it's crazy I do not get tired of videos

  6. Posted by Bandelier BrunoIt's nice what you tell me there. It is true that I see the blog and my videos as teaching aids of review and inspiration but if in addition they are sources of motivations to give you the taste of the training I I am delighted.
    I always say that the most important thing is to have fun. Let's not forget that karate is an art and that an artist practices for pleasure and not for obligation.
    Good continuation.
    Latest article by Bandelier Bruno: Talk about Karate in your clubs!

    I always have a small tab on my computer or an open page on your blog and every time I look at it I want to learn. This is to say if this blog is motivating! (Besides being on vacation, I find myself doing karate for several hours a day! It is slavery !!!!

    "Would you pick up a bit of Choku-Zuki with your Mae Geri?"
    "Yes, yes! My appetite is flawless all the more when sauces are raised! "

    When to kihon, it's really all the soul of karate as you say so well. One must learn to question oneself, to acquire humility and perseverance to strive for perfection.
    Really nothing beats traditional learning and traditional apprentices! Besides, is not the fantasy of all good karateka a tailor-made training of a master's hand?

  7. Stéphane Laviolette at

    Famous! You sometimes know the motivation I miss when I'm alone to practice my karate. But with these videos the motivation comes back to me and I feel progress. Thank you!

    • It's nice what you tell me there. It is true that I see the blog and my videos as teaching aids of revision and inspiration but if in addition they are sources of motivation to give you the taste of the training I am delighted.
      I always say that the most important thing is to have fun. Let's not forget that karate is an art and that an artist practices for pleasure and not for obligation.
      Good continuation.

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