Training - Kihon
Kihon (基本, きほん) is a Japanese term meaning "basics" or "fundamentals." The term is used to refer to the basic techniques that are taught and practiced as the foundation of most Japanese martial arts. The practice and mastery of kihon is essential to all advanced training. At the simplest level this would include stances, punches, kicks, blocks, and thrusts but also includes basic representative kata.Kihon involves the repetition of these techniques with the goal of ingraining them into muscle memory, so they may be executed without thought when they are required. Kihon can be taught as a floor exercise, line work, or through the use of prearranged partner drills. During drills two students face each other and alternate executing the technique. This approach combines repetition with distance and target training, as well as developing offence and defence. Bag work is also an important facet of kihon as it develops strength of the techniques, and conditions the areas used for impact.