THE FUNDAMENTALS OF KARATE
Unquestionably the three fundamentals of karate are KATA, KIHON and KUMITE. These
are the staples of almost dojos and it is absolutely vital to master these areas.
However in addition to these we also include BUNKAI (the application of moves and
techniques), SELF DEFENCE, and basic JUDO principles (including take-
To test the students mastery of these techniques, GRADINGS are conducted when certain criteria have been reached. This is an important part of karate training, especially for children, because it gives an indication of their progression and allows them to experience the satisfaction derived from their achievement.