|Shihan Lionel teaching basics|
Kihon, which describes basic training is the foundation of all martial arts training.
While Sensei Kimura was viewed by many as revolutionary due to his constant search for better and more effective technique, he was paradoxically very conservative in his emphasis on the practice of good basics, and always described himself as a traditional karate-ka.
Kihon includes the basic stances, punches, strikes, blocks and kicks.
It is vital for all students to practice the basics regularly and with utmost concentration in order to perform Kata and Kumite with some degree of success.
It is always note worthy that the higher the grade the more emphasis they will put on getting the basics perfect, because as with any sport if the basics are not 100% they will break down when under pressure in a combat/sport situation.