Kihon (“basics / fundamentals”) are the individual moments and tasks which comprises. In music, kihon takes the form of playing individual notes or chords. In karate, kihon takes the form of:
These basic lessons in this section are the most important, as all other lessons are built upon, and comprised of, this material. As such, these skills must be constantly practiced, polished, revisited. There is no end to training. It is a journey without a destination. You can never be too good, but if you do not have a solid understanding of the basics, you are doomed.
The people who just read and watch martial arts books and videos don’t know karate, they know of karate, and that’s not valuable. In the heat of the moment, there is no time to think. Knowing karate isn’t enough; you must become karate, just as a dancer becomes the dance. Karate must become a part of you, and you a part of it. To get this degree of muscle memory, you must train.
Training is nothing special, nothing magic -- but if you stick with it, you’ll see results -- it’s that simple.