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Break It Down

My first Shorin-Ryu sensei, Rodney Shimabukuro, always taught us to break down each movement into its basic parts. When you can do the basics correctly, advanced movements are easy.

Teachers should always break the movements down so that each part is clear. Any errors in the parts can be corrected. In this way, the parts can be assembled to make a proper movement.

Sometimes a student can do a movement correctly but cannot break it down. They almost certainly do not understand the movement very well and will have a difficult time teaching it.

No matter what rank a person may have, they can never advance in Karate without good basics. It is very sad when you hear that a godan should actually be a gokyu. This is because they lack good basics.


Charles C. Goodin