Kihon: The Essence of Karate


You know what irritates me? When people say that kihon is “basic” – as if kihon is something simplistic and not advanced, when in fact, I believe kihon is the most difficult thing we have in Karate! Why? Because kihon is not what you do, kihon is not going back and forth in the dojo with punches – kihon is how you do everything you do; including punching, steppin,g blocking, striking, throwing, breathing, standing, and moving. The rest is just application of kihon; kumite, kata, bunkai, all of these things are different contexts, different venues, different ways to apply kihon. But perhaps the greatest application of kihon is as a tool against your own ignorance and inability to express the fundamental principles of Karate. That is kihon to me.

20 thoughts on “Kihon: The Essence of Karate

  1. I used to dislike kihon but.. as I grow further in my journey, I truly see the importance of the kihon in every aspect of Karatedo. (I'm a big fan Jesse-san pls notice me I lost my kumite and kata championships a while ago 🙁 )

  2. As usual, you have taken a simplistic concept and explained it's deeper meaning. Without kihon, karate is nothing. 👍

  3. Jesse, can you do a video of karate stretching? And when and how to apply it? I would really appreciate it, great video by the way!

  4. He is very Intelligent, he explains difficult things in a Way That everyone can understand. I subbed so keep up the good work.

  5. Dear Mr Jesse, shall you share your video about Pinan/Heian Shidan application? im intrested on the gedan barai part on second step, before the hammer fist.

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