Shotokan training is divided into the three k’s: kihon (basics), kata (forms or patterns of moves), and kumite (sparring). Techniques in kihon and kata are characterized by deep, long stances that provide stability, enable powerful movements, and strengthen the legs.
At Cortland Karate Center, we emphasize the three k’s through the traditional training methodology of stationary drills, line drills, controlled kumite sequences, ippon kumite (one-step sparring), sanbon kumite (three-step sparring), jyu kumite (free sparring) and kata. Control in all techniques is extremely important and is stressed in all situations, especially kumite. Finally, we believe that repetition and correct practice will lead to achievement of the student’s potential.
Like most karate styles, Shotokan is often regarded as a 'hard' and 'external' martial art that teaches development of strong basic techniques and stances. Initially strength and power are demonstrated instead of slower, more flowing motions. Those who progress to brown and black belt level develop a much more fluid style, which can be found in the black belt katas.