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Shotokan Karate Kumite Simultaneous Block Strike Exercise

Here is a kumite exercise working on simultaneous block and counter strikes with a fast strike immediately after the block and a take down on the fourth combination. The attacker punches with a left kizami zuki (jab punch), the defender blocks and strikes simultaneously, soto uke (outsideblock) and gyaku zuki (reverse punch). The blocking hand […]

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Basic Shotokan Karate Techniques From Shizentai

Here is a good shotokan karate training combination, comprising of basic strikes from shizentai or yoi dachi (natural stance). In this exercise Marcus is using the basic shotokan karate moves, chokuu zuki (straight punch), teisho uchi (palm heel strike), heito uchi (ridge hand strike), shuto uchi (knife hand strike), tettsui uchi (bottom fist strike) and […]

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Single Strikes On The Pads Put Into A Combination

Here’s a good focus pads exercise, using single strikes and some basic footwork. Video at the bottom of this page. My Sensei always used to say to me, hit hard, fast and accurately! We practice a striking art, so karateka should be good at striking. I always try and encourage karateka to hit things with […]

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Shotokan Karate Techniques Brown Belt Kicking Combination 2

Four kicks on the spot. A really good exercise for balance and strengthening the supporting leg. Within our Dojo, this shotokan kicking combination is first practiced at brown belt and is then used at every examination, up to black belt. Starting from a left side fighting stance and kicking with the right leg. 1. Front […]

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Target Exercise Using Oi Zuki Technique

Shotokan Karate Training Videos Target Exercise Using Oi Zuki Technique The sooner a karateka understands distance (ma-ai), the better. This is a very simple but effective distance and target exercise. From kamae step and attack oi zuki in zenkutsudachi. The basic principles apply, keep low, use the driving leg, keep the back straight, shoulders down, […]

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Shotokan Karate Techniques Brown Belt Kicking Combination 1

Within our Dojo, this shotokan kicking combination is first practiced at brown belt and is then used at every examination, up to black belt. Starting from a left side fighting stance. 1. Front kick (mae geri)with the right leg, then a short step forward with the right leg. 2. Side thrust kick (yoko geri kekomi) […]

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The Karate Fist Seiken (fore-fist) Video

Forming the karate fist (seiken) 1. Start from your little finger and bend the fingers in half, one finger at a time. 2. Once the fingers are folded in half, start from the little fingers and roll the fingers, one at a time into a full karate fist, make sure the thumbs are tight and […]

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Mae Geri Front Kick Training (punchbag)

Punchbag training is excellent to work on developing power in your karate strikes and it’s great fun 🙂 The Front kick or Mae Geri we are talking about today is mae geri keage (front kick snap). The kick should travel like a bullet and not upwards where the kick would literally grazing the surface of […]

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A Sequence Of 5 Different Combinations Of Basic Shotokan Techniques

A shotokan karate video comprising of a series of 5 basic combinations. This exercise uses basic shotokan techniques working on shomen (square facing) and hanmi (side facing), hikite (pulling arm) and driving off the back leg. 1. Sanbon Zuki. 2. Age uke, Gyaku zuki, Gedan Barai. 3. Uchi uke, Kizami zuki, Gyaku zuki. 4. Soto […]

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