Kihon translates to basic techniques, and is the foundation of all subsequent learning in karate. All students start karate by learning basic blocks, strikes, kicks, and stances. Over time, these moves are practiced repeatedly so they become second nature and fluid. Kihon is taken very seriously and is taught very consistently in the dojo to ensure that correct technique is learned at the very beginning. Bad form in the basics leads to ineffective technique and injury, therefore much attention is given to correct kihon techniques throughout the curriculum. Through continual refinement, kihon becomes central to learning the kata and drills, and in depth study will lead to more advanced techniques.

Making of a fist:

Keep the palm completely open extending all fingers straight make the first fold keeping the thumb outside the gambit of the fold. Starting with the little finger Bend the four fingers as shown in the illustration at the second and third knuckle such that all the finger tips touch the palm . Ensure that all the finger tips are pressed tightly against the palm.
Once you have achieved the first fold of the fingers bend the fingers again making the second fold at the first knuckle. Hold this position tightly pressing all the fingers against the palm.
Lastly fold the thumb over the first two fingers viz the fore finger and the middle finger. Care should be taken to ensure that the thumb does not extend outside of the fist.




Body Areas of Attack:


Japanese / English Translations
When training, we use the Japanese terminology for all basic instructions. The reason for this is that we want you to be able to continue your training where ever in the world you go, without being held back by a language barrier. It also means that when and if you have the distinct opportunity one day to train in Japan, you will not only be able to train well but possibly understand enough Japanese to get by outside the Dojo.

This is a list of verbal terms that are commonly used in a Karate Dojo, with their translations.