Five Basic Principles of Forms
A proper start to any kata is important. Remember karate is patterned after ancient Japanese military tradition. There are a few important points to starting your kata.
» Always stand erect and move with efficiency as you enter the ring.
» Speak loudly and clearly to the judges.
» Never turn your back to the judges.
» Always bow to the judges.
It is important to follow basic procedure and techniques when transitioning from stance to stance.
» Always user defensive and offensive hip rotation during the practice of kata.
» Lower your stances when possible.
» Always use 90 and 45 degree perfect direction for movement.
All hand techniques must follow proper position and show power.
» Center punches go to the solar plex.
» High punches go to the head area.
» Low punches go to the groin area.
» Fully extend punches and hold them for a split second during stop points and kiai points.
Kicks need to contain proper dynamics.
» Chamber all kicks for clean looking leg motion.
» Pull the knees as high as you can so your kicks will get more height and look better.
» Hold kicks for a split second to accent their extension and show balance and control.
Body movement needs good symmetry.
» Keep your knees bent.
» Keep your back straight.
» Don’t bob your head up and down during your kata.
» Try to end where you started.
» Come to a complete stop during stop points in your techniques.