The 25 Basics
“Basics”, a Strong Foundation
The basics are critical for building a strong foundation in your techniques. It is like having a strong foundation on a house. If you have a weak foundation when a storm comes your house falls over just as when you get into a situation when you have to use your skills that you were trained in everything falls apart and you end up being hurt or worse.
After a student has a fair knowledge of the basics and knows how to put combinations together through kata the student then learns the one step sparring techniques (ippon kumite). This is done empty handed as well as with weapons later on. This utilizes one student attacking while one student defends. This allows the student to feel and see how effective or ineffective their block and counter techniques are.
After the basics are taught one must learn how to put the techniques together in combination. The way that this is done is through the practice of kata. Kata combines different blocking, kicking and punching techniques in a fluid like manner in different directions and skill levels. We utilize these techniques as a continual part of our training.