In this video, I run through 5 of 6 kihon sets I use for the 8th kyu test in my syllabus (white testing for yellow). In my humble opinion, "traditional" Shotokan kihon is flawed. It is far too formal and far removed from the mechanics that are actually used in fighting or self defense. Kihon training is typically done for the purpose of rank promotion and consequently, there is a considerable emphasis placed on it. We tend to do kihon to get good at kihon. KIHON IS A TOOL, NOT A GOAL! Our kihon should develop transferable skills. Giving kihon context and fluidity is key to make it meaningful and to avoiding the development of training scars (bad habits). My dojo is registered with the World Combat Association. The kihon and associated pad drills shown in this video are partof my 8th kyu uriculum with the WCA.
I have posted this video on a few Facebook pages. As expected, the response has been mixed ;)