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18 Minute Follow Along Shotokan Karate Class Kime Part 3

Kime (to decide)

This is the third follow along karate class in our Kime series of live zoom karate classes.

Kime is the noun form of the verb “kimeru”, which means “to decide”.

Similar to the 12 minute part 1  and 30 minute part 2 classes, we once again work on some exercises to develop kime.
Kime is an important part of shotokan karate, the decisive point of the techniques can be the striking point of impact, a step or completing a block.
The body should stay relaxed then at the end of the technique, the muscles tighten for a split second, then relax, whilst keeping form.
Some Sensei teach kime as focusing the mind and body on a single point. If the body alignment is correct and technique is strong, making sure the mind is focused along with the muscles, on the end point of a technique, then a karateka can achieve good kime.


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