(1st Yellow Belt going to 2nd Yellow Belt)

Videos of each of the following techniques, along with kata and combination requirements for testing to 9th Kyu, are available at the bottom of the page. Beginning students are discouraged from attempting to learn techniques, drills or forms from this page; allow your instructors to teach you first. These resources are placed here as additional tools, not as a primary source of learning.


(Heel Palm)


Bend the wrist back as much as possible so that it is tight. The proper motion of this technique is to thrust forward as when punching. The area to strike with is the outside base of the palm, below the smallest finger and just above the bend of the wrist. Use the muscle of the palm to hit with.


This can be one of the most powerful strikes in all of karate and can be used interchangeably with punches in self-defense techniques. Many people strike harder with shotei than with seiken because they are fearful of causing damage to the knuckles.


When striking with shotei, use a twisting motion of the hips and shoulders as much as possible to create additional power.




The same area of the hand used to hit with shotei is also used when striking with shuto. The primary difference is in the motion of the strike. Shuto is most commonly used in a swinging motion, striking at a 45' angle toward the base of the neck and/or the collar bone. 


Shuto can be done by raising the hand up and behind the ear of the same side of the body and striking forward. When done this way the palm will be facing upward and the shoulders will twist to create power. It can also be done as Uchi Shuto (inside knifehand) by crossing the hand to the opposite side of the face and snapping outward with the palm down.


8th Kyu Terminology



Kihon Kata Shodan

(Basic Form of the First Degree)
Performed by Blayde Darby

BunKai of

Kihon Kata Shodan

With the Assistance of Joshua Miller