Karate Basics

Adult training consists of a variety of training formats, divided into five sections: Basics, Renkai, Kumite, Kata and Tegumi.


These basics are core techniques which a beginner starts with. This section develops the basic  punches and kicks together with the footwork for mobility. The basics are divided into two sections, firstly from kata and secondly from Renkai. Renkai is the Shi Zen Do boxing method. The techniques in the first section are practised singly to develop the body skills, before the combinations are covered. The footwork and covering techniques underlying this section are practised through the eight gate method.

Punching techniques

Tobikommizuki – Front jab
– Gyakuzuki – Reverse jab
– Kagizuki – Hook
– Nagashizuki – Angle jab
– Agezuki – Uppercut
– Yamazuki – Overhand
– Uraken – Back fist

Kicking techniques

– Maegeri – Front kick
– Mawashi geri – Angle kick
– Eightgate Footwork

Covering Hands/parrying Hands

Any single technique from Kata or pairs work can be employed as basics.

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These are combinations of basic punching and kicking techniques, linked into combinations of firstly three and then four. As the student prepares for achieving green belt, use of the elbow and knee are also incorporated. At this point the techniques are also trained in a freestyle manner. Punch Kick is usually your first line of attack, all of the combinations start with the leading hand (jab – Tobikommizuki) as this is the closest limb to your opponent, discounting the leading foot. In this section the emphasis is on fluid upper body skills, with rapid change of tempo and changing angles of attack. Renkai is the section when the students learn how to spar at close and medium range, use of training equipment is utilised to develop student’s power and distance. It helps with avoiding techniques and all counters that your opponent may deliver are trained as body placement skills such as duck, slips and weave.

“The Art is the Flow the Flow being the Art”

Tai Sabaki

Learn Connection through body movement