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Kihon - (基本, きほん)


Kihon (基本) 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 any Japanese martial Art.

The practice and mastery of kihon is essential to all advanced training, and includes the practice of correct body form and breathing, while practicing basics such as posture, hand and arm position, body movement, cuts, strikes, blocks, centering and more. Kihon is not only practicing of techniques, it also concerns the training of awareness, spirit and attitude. Kihon tend to be practiced often, in many cases at the begining of each practice session. They are considered fundamental to mastery and improvement of all movements of greater complexity.

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