Shotokan Karate is not self-explaining. However, especially elderly Senseis follow the strict Japanese and Zen Buddhist tradition that learning means observing not listening. While this can be a good approach to gain deeper insights. Many secrets will never be revealed to the Shotokan students. That can lead to an unsatisfying situation for Karateka. Thus, we want to address urgent and important questions of our readers to our audience. In conclusion, the swarm intelligence of the global Shotokan community can find answers together.
This time, we received a message from Giuseppe from Italy. He asked: Why is their no obvious connection between Kihon, Kata, and Kumite? Please, answer in the comments.
Hi, my name is Giuseppe, I am writing from Italy and I study Shotokan Karate. I am doing some research and I have some question for you. For me, it seems that there is not connection between Kion, Kata and Jiyu Kumite. That is why I want to ask:
In Karate, there are more o less 10 stance. But only Zenkutsu is used in Jiyu Kumite – How can you apply other karate stances in Jiyu Kumite? Take, for example, Kokutsu dachi. How can it be applied in Jiyu Kumite? And further: Sanchin, Hangetsu, and Kiba Dachi etc. What is the sense of going forward in Kokutsu Dachi and to the back in Zenkutsu, as we do in Katas and Kion?
How can you apply Age-Uke, Soto-Uke, Gedan Barai etc. in Jiyu kumite?
Many explain it with the principle of action and reaction. In many Dojo, it is said to load the hip, give power to the techniques etc. But is there scientific evidence to it?
Kihon & Kumite
Many say, the pre-arranged forms of Kumite like Sanbon and Gohon Kumite are unrealistic and have no connection to free sparring. My question is: why should I train them?
Thank you very much for your answers!