Kihon is basics. Basic training is one of the most important aspects of karate development. It is in fact the foundation to karate excellence. Through the proper practice of basic techniques one learns how to develop speed and power and improve balance by correctly aligning the body and the proper coordination of muscles and joints. Basic practice should be a regular part of the karateka’s training routine.
Kata is a formal exercise. It is a pre-arranged sequence of movements expressing a fighting sequence involving 4 or more imaginary opponents. In kata many of the elements of attack and defense are an integral part of the pattern – rhythm, timing, tactic, strategy, awareness, combinations, and footwork. Each movement in the kata has multiple applications. Some are obvious while some are hidden and require explanation or by self-discovery through many years of training, studying , and researching. Kata is karate in its purest form. It permits the practitioner to execute techniques to their fullest without the concern of inflicting damage on someone else. Within Shito-Ryu there are over 60 katas. Some are very simple and short while others are long and complicated. Some focus on the strengthening of the body while others are intended to develop fighting skills. Most katas have both these elements.
Kumite is fighting. It is a very necessary part of karate training in that it allows the karate student to test out the effectiveness of the skills learned. Kumite at TMSK is always controlled and never full-contact. The student of TMSK must learn to execute a full technique without injuring the partner. When the training partners have the trust in each others ability to control their techniques kumite becomes very exciting and fun. It is incumbent on those who participate in this activity to hold the utmost respect for his/her partner. Egos must be left outside the door.
Throwing & Locking Techniques
Within the TMSK karate curriculum are also throwing, holding, locking, choking, and escape techniques. The study of these techniques gives the karate student a more balanced arsenal of selfdefense options. Understanding that certain techniques are only usable at certain times and at certain distances the mastery of these techniques along with the punches, strikes, and kicks enables the student to employ the correct technique at the right time and at the correct range. It also provides the option of stopping an opponent by inflicting pain when necessary or simply immobilizing the opponent without injury by holding with a locking or choking technique.
Kobudo is the study of weapons. TMSK members have opportunities to train in the Bo, sai, tonfa, kama, and nunchaku.
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