Kyoshi's Technique of the Week

Technique of the Week (June 28th, 2009)

From Sensei Ron Marchetti, Shihan
Ueshiro Cocoa YMCA Karate Dojo


Basic Techniques/Movements

The normal sequence of training during a Shorin Ryu Karate USA class includes repetition of basic techniques/movements near the beginning of class. Basic movements consist of stances, punches, blocks and kicks and must be performed correctly. The foundation of kata begins with correct basic movements, and in order to perform kata properly much attention must be given to exact execution of all basics. Shosin Nagamine in The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do (page 57) states that three years are required to learn the basics so that they can be blended into kata. Deshi attitude during performance of basic techniques at the beginning of class must be just as elevated as when practicing kata in front of a board of judges. It is also important to provide new students with detailed instruction regarding the basics to avoid development of poor technique that carries over into kata practice.

Domo Arigato Gozaimasu

Sensei Ron Marchetti, Shihan
Ueshiro Cocoa YMCA Karate Dojo