My Sensei would always be shouting ‘KIME!‘, but what does it mean?
A Karate master I trained with said, kime is when the body naturally stops itself! Other karate Sensei say kime is when you tighten your muscles on impact, other Sensei say it’s your level of intent on any given technique, or stopping everything as fast as possible.
Well, they are all correct!

Here's a short video where we talk about Kime.

We hope you enjoyed this Shotokan karate video on kime. There are many different exercises to improve kime, with i believe the ultimate one being makiwara practice.

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Linden Huckle

About the author

Linden Huckle has been practicing and teaching karate for over 50 years and believes first and foremost, karateka should enjoy their karate. He says 'there is nothing better than seeing a person develop into a great person through their karate practice, while at the same time enjoying karate.'

Linden Huckle