Yellow Belt Rear and Hooking Kicks

In this post we will cover several different categories of kicks. These include rear kicks, crescent kicks and hook kicks. There are two or three of each type of kick in the requirements for achieving the rank of Yellow Belt (). These kicks are not taught in the order presented here, but are rather established Read More …

Yellow Belt Rotating Kicks

In this article we will discuss kicks delivered by using body rotation as a method of generating power or confusing an opponent. Kicks that employ rotational delivery are often quite powerful, but are also often easily detected during the earliest stages of delivery. Common Elements There are several delivery methods and processes these kicks have in Read More …

Yellow Belt Side Kicks

Tensoku Ryu students studying to achieve their Yellow Belt () ranking study numerous stationary kicks. In this post we will discuss those kicks that are delivered off to the side, or more specifically in the direction of local angle three or four. The kicks presented in this post are not provided in any particular order. Read More …

Yellow Belt Front Kicks

In this post I’ll discuss the kicks targeted toward angle one of the . Tensoku Ryu students must demonstrate proficiency at these kicks in order to obtain the Yellow Belt () ranking. These are all kicks in which a single strike is delivered. In the Yellow Belt students learn every stationary single kick in our curriculum. Read More …

Juking

Non-Contact Juking Sadly, juking has little to do with the juke box pictured above. The word “Juke” (an English or Creole, not Japanese term) refers to performing some form of false or temporary movement that places your opponent out of position.  The term is used in football to indicate a movement that causes an opponent to Read More …

Angular and Tangential Velocities

Angular Velocity is a measure of how quickly something moves about a fixed point. In other words, how quickly something moves about the circumference of a circle. The speed of this movement is normally measured in radians or degrees per unit of time, most commonly seconds (though if you were measuring the movement of stars Read More …

Weapons Safety

All weapons represent the possibility of permanent injury or death to both the user of the weapons and others who are nearby.  These injuries can be the result of inappropriate use by the practitioner or a significant flaw in the weapon itself.  To reduce the risk of injury from inappropriate use we have established a Read More …

Hygiene

It should go without saying that students should be generally clean and well-groomed before attending class. Students should also observe several other practices related to hygiene. A primary concern in any martial arts studio is contamination. For this reason we provide hand sanitizer and tissues for all students to use. We also suggest that students Read More …

Disproportionality

Disproportionality refers to doing something and then doing something related with a different degree of commitment. This is often applied to both speed and , but it can apply to and a great many other aspects of your training as well. When applied to speed you might move at one speed (say 75% of full Read More …

Rotational Delivery

Within Tensoku Ryu when we issue a block we want to ensure the block makes contact with the opponent using what we refer to as rotational delivery. This method of blocking provides many benefits often not considered or available with typical blocking methodologies. We will cover these basic delivery mechanisms for this blocking style and Read More …

Hyoshi (Timing)

Timing is another key element of training in Tensoku Ryu. There is an age-old question in the martial arts that goes, “Is it better to know how to move, or when to move?” People with limited experience will often answer that “how to move” is most important. People with significant experience will knowingly answer that Read More …

Ma Ai (Distance)

Ma Ai refers to distance, but more importantly it suggests an awareness of distance. You will need to study distance and distancing a great deal. You need to know instantaneously if your opponent is in range, and if so, what strikes or maneuvers you might employ against them at their current (or future) range. Furthermore, you Read More …

Moto Dachi

Moto Dachi is a general fighting stance in which the feet are set comfortably wide (a little longer than the length of your shin) and the knees are slightly bent.  In most martial arts styles the front foot faces directly forward and the back foot is rotated toward angles 5 or 7 (depending on which leg Read More …

Iaigoshi Dachi

Iaigoshi Dachi (Kneeling Stance) is similar to the but there are a few differences. The first is that the back knee descends and rests on the floor. The second is that the stance is narrower (left to right) than the Soft Bow Stance, and the third is that the back knee rests about one fist’s Read More …

Ippon Dachi

Ippon Dachi is the One-Legged-Stance. In this stance one leg is raised and the foot is brought adjacent to the pedestal leg. The raised foot may be placed in several different positions, depending upon what is required or advantageous at the moment. The most common raised foot positions are: Tucked behind the pedestal leg with Read More …