With this Book Mr. Kendall guides the student from the first
tentative steps as a Karate-ka through to the heights of Shodan
while at all times emphasizing proper attitude and etiquette. It
will be invaluable as a reference for all those who study the way of
Karate. The beginner will find it absorbing and demanding, those
nearing Black belt will find it useful to continue reminding
themselves of the ground they have already covered. Those who have
reached the level of becoming instructors themselves will have a
ready tool with which to assist and guide them.
Shotokan Karate International Federation (S.K.I.F.) is represented
by teachers and students (karate-ka) in branches in over 80
countries worldwide. I have written this book for Shotokan's current
and future students who will proceed through various grading
requirements as part of their karate training. I have attempted to
convey as accurately as possible the methods, techniques, and ideas
that will be directly examined in the study of Karate.
Whilst I have
focused on providing guidance for those students below the level of
black belt, it is my hope that senior students and instructors will
find it a useful teaching aid, in conjunction with their own methods
concentrated on the physical side of training in order to give
practical aid to students. It is my sincere hope, however, that you
will no confine your efforts to the improvement of physical
technique with the sole aim of acquiring belts, but strive to
embrace the true meaning of Karate-Do; that is, to improve your
character - to become a better person. In this respect, you should
always remember that every minute of every day offers an opportunity
to improve - the whole world is your Dojo!
students should remember that, whilst this book may be of some
assistance, nothing is more important to your continued and steady
improvement in Karate, than plain, old fashioned hard work.
The journey of a
thousand miles starts from beneath your feet.
- Tao Te Ching
Kihon (basic techniques):
Wong and Kwok leading the Kihon section at the HK Honbu Dojo
techniques of Karate consist of punching, striking, kicking and
blocking. These essential elements require countless repetitions in
order to become effective and to create a firm foundation from which
to proceed to higher levels.
correctly, the basics (Kihon) will enhance not only the physical
aspects of training but also the mental. This is achieved by trying
to make every movement better than the preceeding one. The Karate-ka
must concentrate on each technique whole-heartedly irrespective of
fatigue. It is through this accumulated effort that one trains the
If one tries to
avoid this repetitious training in favor of practising the more
elaborate aspects first, then he/she will find that progress in all
things will be slow and difficult. This can be seen during
examinations for example, where many beginners ahow spirit on only
the first and last technique. In a set of five movements however,
one must pay equal attention to every technique.
Remember that one
must never rush the movements but go only as fast as one is able to
go with correct execution. Through practice, this will then lead to
correct understanding of the technique itself.
We all seem to
understand "Reaching our goals",
but few people understand "Never give up".
Kata (formal exercise):
Murakami demonstrating yoko kekomi from the advanced kata
At the heart
of Karate-Do lies the formal exercise or Kata. These are sequences
of individual movements linked together in order to practise
defensive and offensive techniques, employing the fundamental
blocks, strikes, punches, and kicks against one or more imaginary
opponents. Great emphasis is placed on the perfection of every
aspect of the exercise, including correct form, breathing, timing,
focus, and balance.
When one learns a
new kata it should be practiced wholeheartedly until the movements
become second nature. One should then study the basic applications
so that one has some idea of what he/she is doing, which will aid in
achieving the natural rythmn of the kata. Each breath must coincide
with each movement, but above all else one must never cease to
thoroughly practice the basics, without which the performance of
quality kata is unattainable.
10 Kata demonstrated in this book are as follows:
1) HEIAN SHODAN
2) HEIAN NIDAN
3) HEIAN SANDAN
4) HEIAN YONDAN
5) HEIAN GODAN
6) TEKKI SHODAN
7) BASSAI DAI
10) KANKU DAI
Sensei Manabu Murakami will demonstrate the advanced Kata
When there is no
conflict in your mind,
then you are really living.
This is the true gift the Karate can give us.
Andrew Large swiftly avoids a Jodan Mawashi Geri delivered
from Sensei Freddie Chung
training you will learn a wide variety of offensive and defensive
techniques employed against imaginary opponents.
Kumite goes a step
further by putting these techniques into practice whilst being faced
with a real attack, one student attacking whilst the other defends.
This develops fighting spirit, timing, distancing, focus, proper
breathing, and body evasion. Kumite is organized into different
types, progressing in complexity according to the students grade.
GO HON KUMITE
2) SAN BON KUMITE
3) KIHON IPPON KUMITE
4) JIYU IPPON KUMITE
5) JIYU KUMITE
3 step sparring
1 step sparring
1 step semi free sparring
practice you should imagine you are on the battlefield. When
blocking and striking make the eyes glare, drop the shoulders and
harden the body. Now block the enemy's punch and strike! Always
practice with this spirit so that when on the real battlefield, you
will be naturally prepared.
"This is a fine book by Andy Kendall;
book which will be a valuable addition to any karateka's library -
regardless of association; for not only does it feature the complete S.K.I.F. syllabus broken down into fine detail, it also lays great
emphasis on the correct attitude and behavior expected of a
karate-ka: dojo etiquette, correct way to kneel and bow, tie your belt; all this
is covered and more."
Dave Kershaw 7th Dan