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Kihon Tsuki (Basic Strikes Drill)

Kihon Tsuki is a Shidokan drill consisting of basic strikes and kicks while building leg strength.

Kihon - Tsuki (First half, strikes)

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Kiotsuke (Attention)

Yoi (Ready)

Set Position for Kihon - Tsuki: Left leg slides out, to the left side, into Shiko-dachi (Wide open-leg stance). Left fist sets into a middle area punch position, while the right fist chambers. The following techniques are executed six times, starting with the right and alternating sides. Officially kiai (Spirit yell) on the first, third and sixth strikes (or only kiai on the sixth strike).

  1. Chudan-zuki (Middle level punch) to the solar plexus, chambering the opposite fist.
  2. Jodan-age-zuki (Upper level rising punch) to the chin, chambering the opposite fist.
  3. Jodan-age-zuki (Upper level rising punch) to the chin followed by a Shuto (Knife hand) down to the chest, chambering the opposite fist.
  4. Open-hand Jodan-uke (Upper level block) followed by a Shuto Uchi (Knife hand strike) to the side of the neck, chambering the opposite fist.

Set position, by bringing both fists back to chamber and remaining in a Shiko-dachi.

  1. Chudan (Middle level) Speed Punch from chamber position, immediately re-chambering the fist.

Set Position, by bringing both fists into a Chudan-uke (Middle level block) and remaining in a Shiko-dachi (Wide open-leg stance).

  1. Chudan (Middle level) Speed Punch, from middle level block position to center, solar plexus, immediately returning fist to Chudan-uke (Middle level block).
  2. Square Speed Punch, from middle level block position punch to the opposite side between the shoulder and fist, immediately returning fist to Chudan-uke (Middle level block). Don’t forget to look to the side before you punch.
  3. Angled Speed Punch, from middle level block position punch forward at a 45° angle, just outside the opposite arm’s middle block, immediately returning fist to Chudan-uke (Middle level block).
  4. Speed Punch Combination: 3 punches, followed by 1 more punch from opposite hand. (Inside middle block, 45 degrees-just outside middle block, solar plexus, then opposite hand punches solar plexus).

With both fists still in a Chudan-uke (Middle level block), begin with the right fist punching and the opposite hand returning to chamber position, while remaining in a Shiko-dachi.

  1. Angled Punch 45° across body, punching to the oblique, chambering the opposite fist.
  2. Square Punch 90° across body, punching to the side chambering the opposite fist. Don’t forget to look to the side before you punch.
  3. On the first count punch straight out to the right side, with the right fist that’s chambered. Each succeeding punch will be preceded by a swing strike across the body to the opposite side with the fist that just punched out to the side. Don’t forget to look to the side before you punch.

The following techniques are executed from a Naname Zenkutsu-dachi (Slanted front-leg-bent stance) pivoting on the balls of the feet, with each technique, and punching to the solar plexus.

  1. Chudan-zuki (Middle level punch) to the solar plexus, pivoting with each punch.
  2. Chudan-zuki (Middle level punch) to the solar plexus, pivoting with each punch and re pivoting back, with a second Chudan-zuki (Middle level punch) on each count.
  3. Chudan-soto-shuto-uke (Middle level outward double knife hand block) pivoting with each block.

Kihon - Tsuki (Second half, kicks)

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Set Position, by sliding left leg in, to Heiko-dachi (Parallel stance). Bring both fists up in front, parallel to each other, and approx. shoulder height with the arms bent at a 90° angle. Fists remain stationary throughout the following three kicks. Begin each new count, starting with the right leg.

  1. Mae-geri (Front snapping kick).
  2. Yoko-geri (Side kick), to the front.
  3. Mawashi-geri (Roundhouse kick).

Set position, by crossing both wrists in front of chest, step back with right leg into hidari (left) Zenkutsu-dachi (Front-leg-bent stance), and bring both arms down the center and out to either side, turning the fists outward, palms down. Fists remain stationary.

  1. Mae-geri (Front snapping kick) from the back leg.

Set Position, by bringing fists up in front, into a “fighting/on guard” posture.

  1. Yoko-geri (Side kick) from the back leg, to the front.
  2. Mawashi-geri (Roundhouse kick) from the back leg.

Switch sides, stepping up with the right leg, into Heiko-dachi (Parallel stance) and crossing both wrists, in front of chest. Step back with left leg into migi (right) Zenkutsu-dachi (Front-leg-bent stance), and bring both arms down the center and out to either side, turning the fists outward, palms down. Fists remain stationary. Repeat steps #20-21.

Set Position, by drawing right leg back, into migi (right) Nekoashi-dachi (Cat stance), and keeping fists in the “on guard” position.

  1. Mae-geri (Front snapping kick) from the front leg.

Switch sides by stepping through/forward, into hidari (left) Nekoashi-dachi (Cat stance), and keeping fists in the “on guard” position. Repeat step #22.

Set Position, by sliding left foot forward, into a hidari (left) 45° Shiko-dachi (Wide open-leg stance). Left fist sets into a middle area punch position, right fist chambers.

  1. Transition to Zenkutsu-dachi (Front-leg-bent stance) with Gyaku-zuki (Reverse punch). Retreat back to 45° Shiko-dachi, retracting punch/stance, slowly.
  2. Transition to Zenkutsu-dachi (Front-leg-bent stance) with Gyaku-zuki (Reverse punch), followed by Oi-zuki (Lunge punch). Retreat back to 45° Shiko-dachi, retracting stance, slowly.
  3. Transition to Zenkutsu-dachi (Front-leg-bent stance) with Gyaku-zuki (Reverse punch). Transition back to Shiko-dachi quickly with Oi-zuki (Lunge punch).
  4. Transition to Zenkutsu-dachi (Front-leg-bent stance) with Gyaku-zuki (Reverse punch), followed by Oi-zuki (Lunge punch). Mae-geri (Front snapping kick) from the back leg, replacing foot down into zenkutsu dachi, with foot “live” (heel off ground), and re-transition back to Shiko-dachi. Transition back to Zenkutsu-dachi (Front-leg-bent stance) with Gyaku-zuki (Reverse punch), then retreat back to 45° Shiko-dachi, retracting punch/stance, slowly.

Switch sides by bringing rear foot forward, into Heiko-dachi (Parallel stance), and stepping back with opposite foot, into migi (right) 45° Shiko-dachi, and repeat steps #23-26.

Yoi (Ready): Step forward with rear leg.

Kiotsuke (Attention).

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