Kihon training, or working your basics, is an important element in traditional karate. Sometimes, however, classical kihon training can seem impractical, or the combinations do not seem to apply clearly to a practical self-defense context. It is important that we develop kihon combinations that can be used against an enemy. Ideally, we should practice the combinations in the air, as a shadow boxing exercise, then with partners holding target mitts, then in live sparring. We can also train these practical kihon combinations solo, doing a session of shadow boxing followed up by repetitions on a heavy bag. The following video demonstrates a shadow box and heavy bag drill for the following kihon combination: outside chest block, inside chest block, knee strike, elbow strike.