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Karate today is a modern form of training!

Karate is  imbued with traditional ideals. Lund's Karate Club has members of all ages, of both sexes and with varying training goals. Practicing the martial art of karate means all-round exercise, but also self-defense and an opportunity for competition for those who want to. Regardless of individual starting position, strength, agility, fitness and mental skills are improved -  such as concentration and stress management.

Kihon, Kata & Kumite

Karate consists of the three components kihon, kata and kumite. Kihon, which is basic technique, is a prerequisite for kata and kumite. Kata is a series of predetermined movements, and kumite involves fighting. These three parts are all equally important in karate training. Kime, ie power and focus, is a key word and is always at the center of our style - Shotokan.

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Kihon

Kihon is karate's basic training. It consists of punches, kicks and blocks. The whole body must be coordinated if the techniques are to be effective and powerful. In order to achieve the explosiveness and strength of karate, kihon is an important foundation, which the karatekan – the karate practitioner – constantly returns to. The body learns to remember the movements and the practitioner concentrates on constantly refining them. As karatekan develops, the combinations also become more difficult.

Kata

A kata is a combination of a certain number of predetermined movements. Defensive and offensive techniques are combined and through the katana a defense against one or more imagined opponents is simulated. The katana is thus a pattern, in which the karatekan starts from a point and after moving in different directions comes back to the same point. In addition to the focus on kime - muscle tension - and coordination of techniques, the rhythm of execution is an important component of kata. Gichin Funakoshi brought 15 kata to Japan in 1922 and since then 11 more have been included in shotokan karate. You can find more Kata information withvideo links here.

Kumite

Kumite is sparring or fighting with an opponent. Kumite can be free fighting, called Jiyu kumite, but can also take place in the form of predetermined basic techniques, as in Ippon kumite. In the free kumite, the karateka carries with her what she or he has learned in kihon and kata, in order to be able to act reflexively in a self-defense or competition situation. Speed, kime and control are cornerstones. Light contact with the body, so-called "skin touch" is allowed, but the movements must be well controlled and against the face, complete control is sought, i.e. the blow comes very close without hitting.

For more information on karate go to:https://www.jka.or.jp/en/about-jka/philosophy/

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