Sokugi is the combination of Soku - 足 ('foot') and Gi - 技 ('technique') and literally means ‘kicking’, while Taikyoku translates as ‘Grand Ultimate View’.
The name Taikyoku - 太極 refers to the Chinese philosophical concept of Taiji. Taikyoku is literally translated as ‘grand ultimate’. The word Taikyoku can also mean overview or the whole point – seeing the whole rather than focusing on the individual parts, and keeping an open mind or beginner’s mind. The beginner’s mind is what is strived for during training and in life. The beginner’s mind does not hold prejudice and does not cling to a narrow view. The beginner’s mind is open to endless possibilities. That’s why a practitioner should never think that as soon as it ascends in the latter or more complex kata the first and most basic ones loose importance, therefore, keep an open mind.
The Taikyoku Kata were developed by Yoshitaka Funakoshi and introduced in 1930 by Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan, as a way to simplify the principles of the already simplified Pinan series. Students of Karate systems that use the Taikyoku Kata series are often introduced to them first, as a preparation for the Pinan Kata.
The first Sokugi Kata in the series. It has the same Embusen - 演武線 as the Taikyoku Kata, except that on every turn, Kansetsu Geri is executed followed by a Kake Wake Uke, while on the following step or the three steps over the middle, Mae Geri Keage is executed (no punches).
The three Sokugi Kata were created by Mas Oyama to further develop kicking skills. They were not formally introduced into the Kyokushin syllabus until after the death of Mas Oyama.
Kamae - 構え, means posture or base. Kamae is to be differentiated from the word Dachi - 立ち. Dachi refers to the position of the body from the waist down, Kamae refers to the posture of the entire body, as well as encompassing one's mental readiness.Kamae Hajime - 始め, means begin.Hajime Naore - 直れ, is a command to go back into the beginning Kamae.Naore Yasumi - 休み, is a command to rest or relax.Yasume